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The New Medical Threat MDRO's MRSA and VRE

Updated on October 29, 2007

I worked in a hospital setting for 13+ years, and during that time I saw the dramatic increase in not only MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus), but also VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococci).

MDRO's (multi drug resistant organisms) are dramatically on the rise. From staph, all the way to salmonella, they are popping up all over. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics is most likely the main culprit. We all can sympathize. We get ill and all we can think about is feeling better and feeling better-FAST. We go to our doctor, and desperately implore him to fix it...we give him a plethora of very good reasons why we need to get back on our feet--yesterday. More often than not he obliges by giving us an antibiotic that we may or may not need. One that gets us back on track in 2 days instead of 5 or 6.

Then there is the practice of some of not finishing up the whole prescription of antibiotics when they are prescribed for them. They take just enough to get them feeling better, then sort of forget to take the rest. Then often end up getting sick again. Both this practice and using antibiotics perhaps even when we could get over the bug on our own, gives the organisms a chance to develop resistance.

We are running out of ammunition to use on these super bugs. The best thing that we can do is let the doctor guide us as to when we need the antibiotics.

For the protection against getting sick to begin with, please, get your flu shot every year. It is the best insurance policy to keeping you well. The flu will not be helped by an antibiotic, but one can get secondary opportunistic infections like pneumonia because you are in a weakened state.

Also, one cannot say hand washing, hand washing, hand washing---enough. Keep the germs washed away, and then they can't make you ill. A simple, no drug, no chemical way of staying healthy.

MRSA not only can make your life miserable, it can maim or even kill you. Not just acquired in hospitals anymore, you can pick it up anywhere, the gym, school, the market-anywhere there are people.

It goes without saying that keeping your environment clean is important also. You may be a saint with your hand washing, but is everyone who has entered your home? There are many good sanitizing cloths and safe sanitizing sprays on the market, but research is showing that Tea Tree Oil and Manuka Essential Oils are very promising in killing MDRO's. Do some research. There are many formulas that you can make at home where you can incorporate them.

Until science comes up with another magic bullet against this new threat, we need to do everything in our power to keep ourselves and our families healthy.

Photo's of MRSA infections

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      gary johnson 

      8 years ago

      I have VRE in my bones and was told there is NO CURE. Linezolid kept it under control for several months but is not working as well as it used to. Any suggestions, drugs or natural. I don't want to die.

    • Michele Engholm profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Engholm 

      9 years ago from Hutchinson

      Hey Lisa,

      So sorry to hear about all of this. I will be saying my prayers for you dear.....

      Best of luck, and Blessings to you

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      Lisa Modica 

      9 years ago

      I will be needing to have arthroscopy on my left knee again and it scares me to death thinking about MRSA. Working in a hospital for many years I can see what it does to people and how dangerous it is. I am hoping to convince my doctor to send me to therapy to strengthen the muscles around the knee and hope that will suffice for now. The problem is that I am disabled and they tend to take the cheapest and quickest route in treating me not always the best. Thanks for talking about this problem

      giasroom@hotmail.com

    • Michele Engholm profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Engholm 

      9 years ago from Hutchinson

      Nathan, this is SO interesting. I would love to see more info on this. Do you have a website? TIA...Michele

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      Nathan 

      9 years ago

      Well I must admit that I have seen HAI's take lives of those that didn't make it and severly influence those who survived a nasty infection. I have looked for ways to combat this problem that hospitals are facing with MDRO's and may have found a new weapon to offer to hospitals to implement to their infection prevention.

      This device emits an energy source into a space. The energy exceeds the kill/inactivity energy limits that each pathogen has. By doing so it will disinfect all surface and air that are in direct and indirect line of sight with reproducible results.

      I hope that the market will see the significance of this device as it is a first of line product to combat the problems with hospital infections from the numerous pathogens.

      Regards,

      Nathan

    • Michele Engholm profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Engholm 

      9 years ago from Hutchinson

      Dr...I am honored by your appraisal of this article. Quite frankly MRSA and MDRO's in general scare me to death.

      Keep the fight going...Thanks again and bless you for your service to the world!

      Michele

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      drashokshyam 

      9 years ago from thane west, maharastra, india

      well i am an orthopedic surgeon

      and i have nightmares about MRSA

      once settled it has eaten limbs of my patients

      its the most notorious of all

      luckily I encounter VRE very less, however we really use vancomycin very much and we really fear emergence of vancomycin resistant stahylococcus

      i agree with you about the malpractise on part of the doctors and demands on part of the patients leading to emerence of resistant organisms

      hope all are made aware of this aspect of health care

      good article about a very rarely discussed topic

      thank you michele

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