My mother recently got sick and was having trouble breathing. They did admit her and after running xrays found one side of her lungs eat up with MRSA. I'm thankful I haven't been around her. I'm quite a germifobe. I don't know a lot about it.. just that you can catch it on the skin.. etc. Could it kill her? Any info would be helpful, my brother is really stressed about it and We are both trying to understand what's going on.
Can you die from MRSA?
- 19 Jun 2012 by Patiently Waiting
- 12 Nov 2016
- high blood pressure, infections, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infection, breathing
Added 19 Jun 2012:
Forecasting up to 6 weeks treatment of antibiotics if it responds and if sent home a full quarantine.
Added 22 Jun 2012:
To update: my brother has been angry, they took 7 viles of blood from mama and lost them. They did apologize but I can only imagine how weak she was to start with. The babies tests are not back and they did put her on high risk monitor and may have to be on oxygen.. before sending her home which was supposed to be yesterday evening. 80% of her lungs are affected and so far her breathing less labored so I'm assuming the antibiotics and steriods are working in some way. I hope she stops smoking.. heavy smoker which I would imagine not helping this.
My brother is due to call.. or I'm gonna call him in a bit.
Thank you all for your help and for being supportive!
Added 22 Jun 2012:
My mother is at home.. new xrays reveal some clearing of the infection in her lungs. She is continuing meds for continued air flow/ bronchilator and steriods and antibiotics. She has been told by her doctor she may have cancer and will be going Monday for a full scan to test. All in all looks like she is on the road to recovery at least and doing better.
mrsa is a flesh eating virous.in the lungs can be fatal,if not treated properly and promtly.your lungs convert air into oxygen for your bloodstream.She should be on hospital air. its kinda like staff infection after an operation.It can be transmited by touch,if your hands have any open cuts or cracked skin. you should be waring proper protection even to be in the same room as she is now. hopes this helps you.pete
Angel, make sure your brother understands how contagious she is. My hubby had MRSA aquired from surgery & it took 3 years & eight more surgeries to get it under control. My brother also got it from a hernia repair from the hospital over a year ago, & still has it. They don't like keeping patients in the hospital too long anymore. Is your mother on Medicare? If so, that is one reason they kicked her out so soon. She will need antibiotiecs for quite some time, & regular doctor visits until she is cleared & not quarantined. The doctor at Mayo told my husband that once you've had it even if it clears up you are a carrier for the rest of your life. That means she can acquire it easily again. Make sure your brother keeps her at home until her doctor oks for her to go out again... Mary
Most healthcare providers in hospitals are carriers of MRSA (methicillim resistant staph aureus). We usually are colonized in our noses, where it does no harm. The staphylococcus bacteria became resistant to the main antibiotic used to treat it back a ways, methicillin, hence the name. It is not usually caught outside of the hospital, but infrequent cases occur. It is usually a hospital acquired infection that has become resistant to many antibiotics. It requires the stronger antibiotics to treat the infection, and depending where the infection is, may take months to heal. While your mother is in the hospital, she will be receiving antibiotics intravenously. When she gets home, she will have pills.
Don't worry about catching anything yourself.
Hope your mother and baby brother get through this unscathed.
My 5 cents worth,
Dear patiently waiting, can you stand one more response? MRSA can be fatal, but that does NOT mean she will die from this. I just went thru this eith my room mate who is elderly and disabled. He also got MRSA and another bug that goes with it called Pseudomonas. He was in a skilled nursing facility recovering from a colostomy reversal surgery. One of the male nurses told me that 35% of people have MRSA present on their skin, but don't get the infection. It waits for them to get really sick or recovering from a major surgery and then invades and pseudomonas tends to occur at the same time. As old and sick as my room mate is, he is still doing fine. The main danger is to me or the nurse when we change the bandage on his open wound, we must wear gloves and also wash hands well afterward. Originally when they found this in him, he was on what they call contact isolation, and he was given antibiotics. Eventually the contact order was removed and he came home.
He got some nasty green goo again draining from his open wound and the nurse said that was the pseudomonas, and we were told to use a solution called DAKINS and it cleared that up really really fast. Your mom will have to take the antibiotics and then be recultured or retested, but she will likely be ok. It really doesn't eat the tissue, I think that one that Subzero mentioned is called Necrotizing Strep, but it is possible for that to occur in the lungs too. The names are easily confused. Jim Henson, the man who was the originator of the Muppets, did die from the necrotizing strep in his lungs, but it should be note he waited until he w almost dead before he went to the hospital to be checked. Try not too worry too much, she will likely be fine. They do a five day panel on tests for MRSA, so tell her it is the result after the 5th day of processing they are looking for, to clear her. Patti
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