Life Threatening Infections Decreasing In One Group of Chronic Kidney Disease Patients But Not Other

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The contraction of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), a bacterium responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections have decreased 51.1% in dialysis patients over the past seven years (2005-2011), states brand new published research. Dialysis patients are highly susceptible to these type of major bloodstream infections because they require frequent hospital visits and prolonged bloodstream access through a stomach catheter for Peritoneal Dialysis (PD), arterial venous for Hemodialysis (HD) and at times central venous catheters (CVCs).

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Factors that believed to contribute to the reduction include better MRSA and bloodstream infection prevention in hospitals, and efforts to decrease central venous catheter use, researchers suggested in the current issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. HD patients that use CVCs are at the highest risk of contracting MRSA, accounting for 60.4% among HD incidence.

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Again, "there has been a substantial decrease in invasive MRSA infection incidence among dialysis patients." However, the burden is still high and more needs to be done to further reduce infections among people with End Stage Renal Disease. There are things you can do such as wash your hands rigorously on a regular basis with soap and warm water. Consider carrying a pocket hand sanitizer for instances when you cannot make it to the washroom. Also avoid touching surfaces, especially in healthcare facilities as much as possible. Bacteria can survive for many hours on and around toilets, on counter tops and sinks, and anywhere an infected person has touched without washing his/her hands. Do not put your fingers in your mouth. Unless you are certain your hands are clean, don't eat, especially using your fingers, and avoid touching your nose or eyes, because mucus membranes can absorb germs. recommends that you discuss with your Dietician other dietary means to avoid germs and bloodstream infections such as MRSA by eating enough protein to build a stronger immune system. 

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"MRSA Incidence in Dialysis Patients Declining." Healio.

"Invasive Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections Among Patients on Chronic Dialysis in the United States, 2005-2011." US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. Clinical Infectious Diseases