MRSA, also known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a bacterial staph infection that is spread between individuals by physical contact. It is commonly found in the nose, armpits, groin and perineum, but surgical wounds and open sores can also become infected with this bacterial infection.
While the MRSA infection is no longer an enigmatic disease and the symptoms of it are becoming more recognizable by people and doctors, this doesn’t prevent it from not being fatal because it still can slip through the cracks.
Below are the facts of the fatality rate of MRSA, and reasons why it can result in death.
In The USA And UK
In the United Kingdom, MRSA was the cause of 364 deaths in 2011. Even though there was a 25 percent decrease in the fatality rate from 2010 to 2011, the rate still remains high. It has been reported that 57 percent of fatal cases in the UK are a resistant strain, while only 50 percent of fatal cases were resistant in 2010. In the UK, an inequality in MRSA deaths has been seen: the fatality rate is higher in the most social-economically deprived areas.
In the USA, roughly 126,000 people are admitted to hospital each year with a MRSA infection. Of these people admitted, an average of 5,000 cases will be fatal. Depending on the year, the fatality rate ranges from 20 to 50 percent.
Possible Reasons Why This Be Happening
Some MRSA fatalities occur because the individual was not admitted to hospital in time. This infection is resistant to a large range of antibiotics, meaning it is imperative to find medication that can combat the disease quickly.
Shockingly, 85 percent of MRSA infections with fatalities in the USA were connected to healthcare facilities. Only 63 percent of MRSA fatalities were connected to healthcare facilities in 2004, and just 22 percent in 1995.
One More Possible Reason
Failure to adhere to proper hand hygiene and failure to comply with the proper MRSA precautions are key reasons contributing to these fatalities. Nurses, doctors and other health care professionals who fail to wear gloves, gowns, and wash adequately after patient contact all increase the risk of spreading this bacteria. Sometimes, a poor knowledge of how this infection is transmitted is also the problem.
MRSA Doesn’t Always Equal Death
“People do recover from this bacterial infection!”
It is possible to recover from MRSA and live a normal and healthy life. In order to fully recover, one should seek professional medical care from an infectious diseases expert. While an average of 27 percent of all of these cases is fatal, this risk of death decreases to 11 percent when a specialist has been consulted. Additionally, all MRSA sufferers must ensure that they practice good personal hygiene, eat a healthy diet, and take the antibiotics that are recommended. The importance of hand washing and bathing cannot be emphasized strongly enough.
Even though MRSA is a disease that doctors know and recognize, there is not a 100 percent recovery rate. While the fatality rate appears to be decreasing in the USA and the UK, the percentage of individuals suffering from a resistant strain is on the rise. Additionally, more cases have become fatal in a healthcare setting. If you notice red bumps on your skin, if wounds are feeling swollen and sore, and if you are suffering from a fever, see a doctor to rule out the possibility of MRSA as soon as possible.