Hospital Acquired Infections ( Hai ) Are Never Good

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Fighting Staph Hospital acquired infections (HAI) are never good. Moreover, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 25 patients will develop an infection which was procured during their stay in a hospital (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). Twenty percent of these HAI are due to staphylococcus aureus, better known as simply Staph (, 2015). What is Staph Staphylococcus aureus is a specific type of bacteria which is a member of the Staphylococcaceae family (Medical News, 2016). The bacteria is found in clusters (staphylo-) which look like grapes and as a result is called Staphylococcus. Staph is Gram positive (which is a method for identifying bacteria) and is non-moving (Medical News, 2016). It can infect all mammalian species and because it can infect such a broad range of mammals it is easily transmitted from one species to another species. Of special concern is methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) which does not respond to antibiotics. Staph Statistics and Impact Unfortunately, staph infections can at times be very serious or even fatal. Sometimes staph enters the blood (bacteremia) which can be of great concern. Staph can occur in tandem with pneumonia when people are on ventilators or as part of endocarditis (which is an infection of heart valves) and can result in stroke or heart failure. Even worse, drug resistant staph (MRSA) causes 94,000

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