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Mandatory MRSA Reporting in California

Posted by Jane Akre
Friday, February 15, 2008 1:42 PM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: FDA and Prescription Drugs, Defective Drugs, Wrongful Death

California will now require reporting of MRSA outside of a hospital setting as a public health illness.

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In an effort to get a handle on antibiotic resistant staph infections that reportedly kill 19,000 a year, California has become the first state to require the illness be reported to local health authorities.

This includes staph infection that are serious enough to require hospitalization or that result in death such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. MRSA now joins measles, meningitis and syphilis as reportable contagious public health illnesses.

MRSA can begin as a boil or skin abscess but can be fatal if it attacks organs. That is what happened to actress Alicia Cole, who nearly died from acquiring MRSA in a Los Angeles area hospital.

The order comes from the state’s public health director. Up until now trying to track the growing number of cases of MRSA has been difficult.  

This new reporting requirement applies only to cases that begin outside of a hospital or nursing home setting and in previously health individuals such as among school children.  

These co-called community-acquired staph infections are a particularly virulent strain USA 300 first found in San Francisco in 2001.  It is believed to be responsible for skin infection and infections of the soft-tissue found in ERs around the country.

The vast majority, approximately 85 percent of MRSA cases are tracked to medical settings.

Last month in the annals of Internal Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital reported a variation of USA 300 that was resistant to six antibiotics was “especially common among men who have sex with men.” The report has been called homophobic from some members of the gay community.

Last October, a Journal of the American Medical Association report finds that hospitals are the most likely place for one to acquire life-threatening MRSA but the state reporting requirement will not cover hospitals.

A Consumers Union spokesperson says the reporting requirement in California focuses on the smallest part of the problem in the community. Lisa McGiffert says “They want to focus on community infections, which they are not responsible for.”

In 2004, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have required hospitals infection rate reporting although some counties such as San Mateo County has been reporting MRSA rates since 1995.

Meanwhile the Chicago Tribune is reporting today that MRSA incidents are rising in rural hospitals. 791 have died from the infection from 2004 to 2006. #

 


6 Comments

Posted by Gary Biazzo
Friday, February 15, 2008 3:29 PM EST

Eliminating MRSA is not only possible, but it is affordable. The cost of a single infection to a hospital averages $15,434.00. For that amount of money we can cover 80,000 square feet guaranteed for three years.

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In the past few years we have been educated through the media about SARS, Avian Flu, MRSA, Norovirus, AD14 (Adenovirus) and a resurgence of Tuberculosis. Each can be spread through contact and transfer and with the exception of MRSA, through the air. All are out in the community and affecting people every day. While SARS and Avian Flu are not currently affecting people in the US they do present an ever, present threat today. In a world concerned with terrorist threats we seem to be oblivious to the clear and present dangers in our midst.

Two years ago Avian Flu was confined to a small area in Southeast Asia. Today, it has spread across Europe and Africa and is found among poultry in several US states as well South and Central America. MRSA has left the confines of medical facilities and is now found in the community affecting schools, athletic teams and playgrounds and we are still oblivious. Norovirus is dismissed as a common occurrence in various facilities, a seasonal woe, yet it will go through a school, hospital, jail or senior care facility in days afflicting great numbers of people in a very short time. We are just beginning to hear about AD14, a killer cold, the thought of which sends chills up my spine, and it is with us today. Tuberculosis, highly infectious and deadly is showing resurgence in the US and around the world.

The point of all this is that we do not have to wait for pandemic flu or some other malady to befall us. We are being bombarded with new and existing health threats on a daily basis. And as we begin a new century we need to integrate systems into our infrastructure to deal with these continuing threats.

A necessary addition to our infrastructure is a technology that will mitigate the spread of these threats. One that is cost effective and will continuously sanitizes the air and surfaces, killing bacteria as quickly as it is produced. The technology used by IAQ Services has been shown to be effective against every virus, bacteria, mold, and other fungus against which it has been applied to date. Also, independent university studies have documented that it is effective against the H5N8 virus, MRSA, nonresistant Staphylococcus Aureus, E-Coli, Listeria Monocytogenes, Candida Albicans, Stachybotrus Chartarum (Black Mold), Streptococcus, Pseudomonas, and Bacillus Subtillus.

This technology is currently in use in 70 countries around the world, residentially and commercially. It is in use by federal, state and local government, in airplanes, by hospitals, in daycares and office buildings. Anyplace germs can be found it silently does its job destroying them immediately, in the air and on surfaces. As the technology is proactive it can kill surface bacteria, something no filter can do.

IAQ Services has been providing air and water purification systems around the world since 2005. We bring affordable solutions that work and are measurable to residential and commercial properties, such as the Pentagon, Quest Convention Center, Omaha, NB, Oregon Convention Center, over 100 hospitals and 5 million homes. Independent test data available upon request. For more information contact:

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Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 656-2523

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Posted by Gary Biazzo
Friday, February 15, 2008 3:31 PM EST

Eliminating MRSA is not only possible, but it is affordable. The cost of a single infection to a hospital averages $15,434.00. For that amount of money we can cover 80,000 square feet guaranteed for three years.

A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER
IAQ Services LINK

In the past few years we have been educated through the media about SARS, Avian Flu, MRSA, Norovirus, AD14 (Adenovirus) and a resurgence of Tuberculosis. Each can be spread through contact and transfer and with the exception of MRSA, through the air. All are out in the community and affecting people every day. While SARS and Avian Flu are not currently affecting people in the US they do present an ever, present threat today. In a world concerned with terrorist threats we seem to be oblivious to the clear and present dangers in our midst.

Two years ago Avian Flu was confined to a small area in Southeast Asia. Today, it has spread across Europe and Africa and is found among poultry in several US states as well South and Central America. MRSA has left the confines of medical facilities and is now found in the community affecting schools, athletic teams and playgrounds and we are still oblivious. Norovirus is dismissed as a common occurrence in various facilities, a seasonal woe, yet it will go through a school, hospital, jail or senior care facility in days afflicting great numbers of people in a very short time. We are just beginning to hear about AD14, a killer cold, the thought of which sends chills up my spine, and it is with us today. Tuberculosis, highly infectious and deadly is showing resurgence in the US and around the world.

The point of all this is that we do not have to wait for pandemic flu or some other malady to befall us. We are being bombarded with new and existing health threats on a daily basis. And as we begin a new century we need to integrate systems into our infrastructure to deal with these continuing threats.

A necessary addition to our infrastructure is a technology that will mitigate the spread of these threats. One that is cost effective and will continuously sanitizes the air and surfaces, killing bacteria as quickly as it is produced. The technology used by IAQ Services has been shown to be effective against every virus, bacteria, mold, and other fungus against which it has been applied to date. Also, independent university studies have documented that it is effective against the H5N8 virus, MRSA, nonresistant Staphylococcus Aureus, E-Coli, Listeria Monocytogenes, Candida Albicans, Stachybotrus Chartarum (Black Mold), Streptococcus, Pseudomonas, and Bacillus Subtillus.

This technology is currently in use in 70 countries around the world, residentially and commercially. It is in use by federal, state and local government, in airplanes, by hospitals, in daycares and office buildings. Anyplace germs can be found it silently does its job destroying them immediately, in the air and on surfaces. As the technology is proactive it can kill surface bacteria, something no filter can do.

IAQ Services has been providing air and water purification systems around the world since 2005. We bring affordable solutions that work and are measurable to residential and commercial properties, such as the Pentagon, Quest Convention Center, Omaha, NB, Oregon Convention Center, over 100 hospitals and 5 million homes. Independent test data available upon request. For more information contact:

Gary Biazzo
Advanced Oxidation Specialist

IAQ Services
PO Box 146
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 656-2523

activtek@comcast.net
Raising the bar for state of the art!

Posted by Gary Biazzo
Friday, February 15, 2008 3:32 PM EST

Eliminating MRSA is not only possible, but it is affordable. The cost of a single infection to a hospital averages $15,434.00. For that amount of money we can cover 80,000 square feet guaranteed for three years.

A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER
IAQ Services

In the past few years we have been educated through the media about SARS, Avian Flu, MRSA, Norovirus, AD14 (Adenovirus) and a resurgence of Tuberculosis. Each can be spread through contact and transfer and with the exception of MRSA, through the air. All are out in the community and affecting people every day. While SARS and Avian Flu are not currently affecting people in the US they do present an ever, present threat today. In a world concerned with terrorist threats we seem to be oblivious to the clear and present dangers in our midst.

Two years ago Avian Flu was confined to a small area in Southeast Asia. Today, it has spread across Europe and Africa and is found among poultry in several US states as well South and Central America. MRSA has left the confines of medical facilities and is now found in the community affecting schools, athletic teams and playgrounds and we are still oblivious. Norovirus is dismissed as a common occurrence in various facilities, a seasonal woe, yet it will go through a school, hospital, jail or senior care facility in days afflicting great numbers of people in a very short time. We are just beginning to hear about AD14, a killer cold, the thought of which sends chills up my spine, and it is with us today. Tuberculosis, highly infectious and deadly is showing resurgence in the US and around the world.

The point of all this is that we do not have to wait for pandemic flu or some other malady to befall us. We are being bombarded with new and existing health threats on a daily basis. And as we begin a new century we need to integrate systems into our infrastructure to deal with these continuing threats.

A necessary addition to our infrastructure is a technology that will mitigate the spread of these threats. One that is cost effective and will continuously sanitizes the air and surfaces, killing bacteria as quickly as it is produced. The technology used by IAQ Services has been shown to be effective against every virus, bacteria, mold, and other fungus against which it has been applied to date. Also, independent university studies have documented that it is effective against the H5N8 virus, MRSA, nonresistant Staphylococcus Aureus, E-Coli, Listeria Monocytogenes, Candida Albicans, Stachybotrus Chartarum (Black Mold), Streptococcus, Pseudomonas, and Bacillus Subtillus.

This technology is currently in use in 70 countries around the world, residentially and commercially. It is in use by federal, state and local government, in airplanes, by hospitals, in daycares and office buildings. Anyplace germs can be found it silently does its job destroying them immediately, in the air and on surfaces. As the technology is proactive it can kill surface bacteria, something no filter can do.

IAQ Services has been providing air and water purification systems around the world since 2005. We bring affordable solutions that work and are measurable to residential and commercial properties, such as the Pentagon, Quest Convention Center, Omaha, NB, Oregon Convention Center, over 100 hospitals and 5 million homes. Independent test data available upon request. For more information contact:

Gary Biazzo
Advanced Oxidation Specialist

IAQ Services
PO Box 146
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 656-2523

activtek@comcast.net

Posted by Medifix
Saturday, February 16, 2008 3:14 AM EST

Best method to reduce the spreading MRSA in the hospitals and hopefully in the community. Clever concept to reduce cost of managing MRSA patient and incidence in hospital.

“Who will benefit and what happens to people who are found to be carriers?”

This exercise is likely to benefit health insurance providers, health care institution, and politicians. Doctors will be prevented from treating patients who are found to be carriers. I find this is likely to make doctors feel very un-comfortable to deal with because of an ethical dilemma.

“To Treat or Not to Treat”.

By treating patient who are carrier we could dangerously harm that patient by introducing systemic infection and death but by not treating the patient we may leave this agonized sick patient to suffer pain and discomfort in isolation.

I hope the authorities make alternative arrangements to address the issue and provide adequate care and support to both staff and MRSA positive patients.

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Posted by Jeanine Thomas
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 10:02 AM EST

I would like to correct you that Illinois was the first state to mandate MRSA reporting in 2003 with passing the Hospital Report Card Act and mty organization, MRSA Survivors Network was the first to initiate and passs legislation -SB233 - The MRSA Screening and Reporting Act in 2007 and went into effect August 20, 2007. This bill madates that all ICU and at-risk patients be screened uopn admission to an Illinois hospital for MRSA, put in isolation ( gloves and gowns used) ands trict adherence to hand hygiene. Illinois has been the leader in stopping hosital-acquired infections, not California.
Jeanine Thomas
Founder
MRSA Survivors Network
mrsasurvivors.org

Anonymous User
Posted by CP
Thursday, February 28, 2008 5:45 PM EST

MRSA is found on 100% of airplanes. Many planes have not been disinfected with bleach in 20 years they have been in the air.

On today's tv of MONTEL show, the doctors say you have to break the cycle.

Many illegal people carry bugs into this country and who checks them out until they enter the Emergency rooms here? When we had Ellis Island everyone was checked out but today nada.

MRSA is around to stay because of laziness

same with the Norovirus is more commonplace and even on cruise ships. All where people congregate and with those who don't clean up their hands or show up to work sick.

MRSA bacteria shows up on your shoes, so leave them at the front of your doorstep. Dogs paws too.

WOW

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