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New Study May Change How Hospitals Deal With MRSA

MRSA, the more dangerous cousin of staph infection, is affecting more people in recent years. But, one Tallahassee hospital is helping stem the tide of the anti-biotic resistant bug. The results of a two-year long study were released last week.

MRSA is a common disease outside of the hospital setting and the infected might not even know they have it. But, Capital Regional Medical Center’s Misty Martin said that wasn’t always the case.

“It’s a bug that used to be a hospital bug, that you would contract from hospitals, however now it is in our community and you can get it from having a small cut on your leg and coming in contact with the bug,” Martin mentioned.

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that cases of MRSA could be diminished if all patients arriving hospitals were tested, treated and quarantined accordingly, something that doesn’t happen now. Martin says since Capital Regional in Tallahassee has implemented the findings, MRSA infections have decreased by close to forty percent.