Friday, January 7, 2011

MRSA in the Nose: Research from Rhode Island

Oddly enough I have never met any of the researchers named in the article nor any of their spouses or children or cousins. Not as far as their names ring any bells, at least.

Rhode Island is a densely populated state, and I have spent a lot of working hours at R I Hospital...

I found this at ScienceBlog.

MRSA is a serious topic ( unlike politicians resembling parrots ) and I have had more than one person dear to me be afflicted with it.

Where MRSA colonizes on the human body

January 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI — When methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) is carried in the nose (nares), it is a risk factor for an invasive infection, including a surgical site infection. Some studies have found that the heavier the carriage of MRSA in the nose, the greater the risk of transmission to others and the greater risk of infection to the patient. Few studies to date have assessed the differences in quantity of MRSA at different body sites. A new study from Rhode Island Hospital now sheds light on both the quantity of MRSA at different body sites and the relationship between the quantities at different sites. The study is published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

The little article may have been lifted straight from a press release.

The penultimate sentence states:
The hospital receives nearly $50 million each year in external research funding and is home to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the state’s only facility dedicated to pediatric care.

There are truly a number of facilities in this state dedicated to pediatric care. HASBRO is surely the largest one, but there are a bunch of health centers devoted to pediatrics, and yes, to other medical genres, too.

We're small, but not that small !

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