MRSA is a serious bacterial infection. Prompt treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus will reduce the risk of MRSA complications. The bacteria can be found almost everywhere and is part of the collection of bacteria that can be found on the skin. Usually it won’t cause any problems, but people who have a compromised immune system have an increased risk of an infection.
Complications occur because the bacterial infection spreads due to a delay in diagnosing MRSA or because of an ineffective course of treatment. MRSA complications can become serious or even life threatening.
Preventing These Complications
To prevent MRSA complications, the infection should be avoided and if it cannot be avoided, treatment should begin promptly. Often simply washing hands regularly with soap and water is all it takes to prevent a MRSA infection. Understanding how it is spread and recognizing the symptoms will assure an early diagnosis and treatment. When MRSA is effectively treated with antibiotics, surgery, or lancing there are few complications.
Complication from a MRSA infection can be minor like scaring and minimal damage to tissue. MRSA complications can also be more serious and life threatening. This type of staph infection can rapidly spread to other parts of the body after direct or indirect contact with the bacteria. Complication can include the following:
- Adverse reaction to antibiotic treatment
- Bacteria doesn’t respond to prescribed antibiotic
- Infection spreads to other parts of the body
- Bacteria infects a prosthetic
- Toxic shock syndrome
- Septic shock
- Infected organs
Complications can also occur from surgery that may be necessary to treat this type of bacterial infection.
MRSA Surgery Complications
When surgery is necessary to treat MRSA, there can be further complications that are associated with surgery. The surgery may be a simple lancing procedure or more complicated like the removal and replacement of a MRSA infected prosthetic. Risks associated with any infection:
- Reaction to anesthetic
- Blood clots
- Difficulty breathing
Extra precautions will need to be taken to prevent the spread of the MRSA bacteria during surgery.
Preventable MRSA Complications
Sometimes the complications of MRSA can be prevented with proper sanitization and by following universal guidelines to prevent disease, virus, and bacterial infections. Failure to recognize the symptoms of MRSA by a healthcare professional can result in the delay of treatment and allow the infection to spread causing complications. When this occurs some people choose to find a lawyer to see if they may be able to get compensation for loss, injury, and possibly even death due to negligence in managing MRSA.
Prompt treatment with the most effective antibiotics for the specific strain of MRSA will prevent MRSA complications.