Ambulance Equipment Contaminated With MRSA Ambulance Equipment Contaminated With MRSA

Ambulance oxygen tanks are likely to carry methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a small U.S. study suggests, pointing to the need for regular disinfection of medical equipment.Reuters Health Information
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According to this study: Decolonization with chlorhexidine and mupirocin led to lower risks of postdischarge methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and readmission compared with hygiene education alone.
Source: AJN - Category: Nursing Tags: Journal Watch Source Type: research
In this study, we evaluated the antimicrobial activity of the extracts from herbal plant Persecaria pensylvanicum’s flower, leaf, stem and root. This plant is also known by a common name Pennsylvania smartweed. The antimicrobial effect of the extracts was tested using minimimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bacteriocidal concentration (MBC) methods in comparison with tetracycline, a commercial antibiotic.ResultsWe found that extract from P. pensylvanicum kills bovine mammary glands pathogenic S. aureus strain Newbould 305. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) breakpoints for extracts from flower, l...
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Reports of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) harboring the mecC gene have increased in the UK since first being described. To our diagnostic S. aureus multiplex PCR, a mecC primer set was designed and implemented, and then the prevalence in our patient population was investigated. Fewer than 1% of the clinical isolates possessed the mecC gene, confirming that mecA remains the dominant genetic determinant of MRSA in East London.
Source: Journal of Clinical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Bacteriology Source Type: research
There is growing evidence for the value of bacterial whole-genome sequencing in hospital outbreak investigations. Our aim was to develop methods that support efficient and accurate low-throughput clinical sequencing of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates. Using a test panel of 25 MRSA isolates previously associated with outbreak investigations, we devised modifications to library preparation that reduced the processing time by 1 hour. We determined the maximum number of isolates that could be sequenced per run using an Illumina MiniSeq platform and a 13-hour (overnight) run time, which equated to 21...
Source: Journal of Clinical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Bacteriology Source Type: research
Conclusions: Our findings suggest the need for a comprehensive, multipronged policy response particularly at the time when the antibiotic pipeline is nearly empty. We recommend thoughtful, integrated infection prevention and control strategies to address the immediate and long-term threats of AR in Bahrain and the GCC. PMID: 31110624 [PubMed]
Source: Oman Medical Journal - Category: Middle East Health Tags: Oman Med J Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 22 May 2019Source: Journal of Global Antimicrobial ResistanceAuthor(s): Vanessa Silva, Francisco Almeida, Adriana Silva, Susana Correia, José António Carvalho, Ana Paula Castro, Eugénia Ferreira, Vera Manageiro, Manuela Caniça, Gilberto Igrejas, Patrícia Poeta
Source: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 22 May 2019Source: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and MedicineAuthor(s): Dickson K. Kirui, Gregor Weber, Jennifer Talackine, Nancy J. MillenbaughAbstractThe growing prevalence of biofilm-associated multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria necessitates the innovation of non-traditional approaches to improve the effectiveness of mainstay antibiotics. Here, we evaluated the use of gold nanoparticle (GNP)-targeted pulsed laser therapy to enhance antibiotic efficacy against in vitro methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and MDR Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Treatment with ant...
Source: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine - Category: Nanotechnology Source Type: research
Authors: Bassetti M, Peghin M, Castaldo N, Giacobbe DR Abstract INTRODUCTION: Acute bacterial skin and skin-structure infections (ABSSSI) may develop in both in-patients and out-patients, possibly with a severe clinical presentation. Since most phase 3 randomized clinical trials have shown non-inferiority in efficacy across different agents, considerations regarding their different safety profiles inevitably play a crucial role in the everyday choice about which of them should be employed for the treatment of ABSSSI. Areas covered: In this review the authors discuss the safety profile of different treatment options...
Source: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Expert Opin Drug Saf Source Type: research
Conclusion: PVL expression is high among clinical S. aureus strains among Gambian patients. Reporting of PVL-SA clinical infections is necessary to enable the monitoring of the clinical impact of these strains in the population and guide prevention of the spread of virulent PVL-positive CA-MRSA strains.
Source: Frontiers in cellular and infection microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
Ticagrelor is a reversible platelet adenosine diphosphate P2Y12 receptor (P2Y12) inhibitor and is quite effective as an antiplatelet agent. New research suggests an antibiotic effect for ticagrelor and the researchers suggest that further research may lead to development of a new class of antibiotics [1]. In fact there is a global need for new antibiotics, which are conspicuous by their absence in the current scenario of multidrug resistant organisms. The study published as a Research Letter in JAMA Cardiology reports on the ‘Antibacterial Activity of Ticagrelor in Conventional Antiplatelet Dosages Agains...
Source: Cardiophile MD - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Cardiology Source Type: blogs
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