Sepsis and MRSA
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA is staph infection that has become immune to many types of antibiotics. Staphylococcus aureus is a common bacteria that lives on our skin and, most of the time, causes no ill effects. The problems begin to happen if there is a break in the skin – through a cut, a puncture, or some other opening – that allows the staph to enter into the body.
Unchecked MRSA may develop into sepsis. Sometimes called blood poisoning, sepsis is the body's often deadly response to infection or injury. Sepsis kills and disables millions and requires early suspicion and rapid treatment for survival.
Worldwide, one-third of patients who develop sepsis die. Almost 20% of patients who develop sepsis after surgery die. Many who do survive are left with organ dysfunction and/or amputations. (What is the prognosis (outcome) with sepsis?)
There are two types of MRSA infections: community acquired (CA) and hospital acquired (HA). Hospital-acquired infections of any type are called nosocomial infections. The most common type is HA-MRSA, but CA-MRSA is becoming more common.
MRSA infection can also cause pneumonia. This must be treated as quickly as possible to help avoid serious complications.
Famous people who have had sepsis following a seemingly innocent infection:
Chris Young, singer