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Vancomycin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

A vancomycin resistant staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) infection is caused by bacteria. These bacteria are resistant to the antibiotic medicine vancomycin. The infection can spread easily from person to person.

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

RISKS:

The antibiotic medicine may not kill all of the VRSA bacteria. Your infection may get worse. It can spread to your body or blood, which can be life-threatening.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.

An IV

is a small tube placed in your vein that is used to give you medicine or liquids.

Isolation safety measures

may be needed if you have an infection that can spread to others. Healthcare providers and visitors may need to wear gloves, a face mask, and a gown. Visitors should wash their hands before they leave to prevent the spread of bacteria.

Medicines:

  • Antibiotics help kill the bacteria that caused your VRSA infection.

  • Pain medicine may be given. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you ask for more medicine.

Tests:

  • Blood tests will show the VRSA bacteria and help healthcare providers plan which antibiotics are best for treatment.

  • A sample of your bowel movement, urine, or any wound may show VRSA bacteria.

  • A chest x-ray will show your lungs and surrounding tissue.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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