[IP] Re: insulin-pumpers-digest V10 #869
If his PCP "thinks" he has MRSA, be sure he has cultured the wound. have the
PCP call you with the results of the culture (usually takes 24-48 hours).
For next time, it is always preferable to culture something before initiating
antibiotics. While most MRSA infections can be treated fairly easily, if MRSA
gets into his blood, it could cause a serious illness.
If he is officially diagnosed with a MRSA infection, there are a few select
antibiotics that will be effective in treating it, so be sure the doctor has
prescribed the correct one. Ask if the MRSA is sensitive to that particular
In addition, I would specifically ask what steps you can take to protect
others who may be vulnerable from contacting a MRSA infection. there are
prescribed soaps that he can use for hand washing or anywhere on his skin.
cleans, dresses, touches the wound should have gloves on, and still wash
hands before and after giving care. he should not share towels with anyone
please don't be afraid to ask your health care provider anything! you should
be informed of your diagnosis, treatment plan, expected outcome, etc. If you
have knowledge about your condition that the doctor doesn't, speak up! i am
an RN in a busy ER and so many of my patients have no idea what their
diagnosis is, how to care for it, or what any of their medications are for!
that you be informed and educated in language that you can understand. even
better, most health care providers have patient education software that stores
tons of health topics, as well as info on medications. ask for copies.
In a message dated 4/29/2008 1:01:14 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
email @ redacted writes:
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2008 20:56:02 -0700
From: Wyldceltic1 <email @ redacted>
Subject: Re: [IP] MRSA question
This PCP believes he has MRSA, and NOT 'cellulitis'..
I was NOT worried about Cellulitis, but MRSA kinda bugs me.
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