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MRSA Infection and Hysterectomy

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Fitness and Wellness after hysterectomyWhat is MRSA and how can I avoid catching it?

MRSA is not a risk specifically reserved for hysterectomy patients, but it is important to keep in mind during stay at the hospital for your hysterectomy. MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. In about a third of the population, staph bacteria is found on the skin or in the nose. Less than 2% of the population carries the strain of staph that can lead to MRSA. This particular strain of staph has become resistant to antibiotics. MRSA acquired after a stay in a health-care facility—health-care associated MRSA (HA-MRSA)—tends to be severe.

There are several risks factors for acquiring MRSA:

  • Surgery
  • Cancer
  • Wound drains
  • Diabetes
  • Catheter

MRSA can cause an infection in a surgical wound or the bloodstream. It may also lead to pneumonia or a urinary tract infection. MRSA can also affect the heart, bones, and joints. Because it is resistant to most antibiotics, it can be hard to treat. If it spreads, it may become life threatening.

To try to prevent MRSA, be sure all persons entering your hospital room after your hysterectomy wash their hands before touching anything or examining you. This includes hospital personnel, doctors, nurses, family members, and friends. At home, you should continue to be diligent about hand washing and drying with clean towels. You should also keep your wound covered with dry, sterile bandages. Furthermore, sterilize any bedding, towels, linens, clothes, etc. that come in contact with your wounds.

You should never try to treat MRSA on your own. If you have any redness surrounding your incision sites or the wounds are seeping pus, call your doctor immediately.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

08-25-2013 - 05:21 PM


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