MadSci Network: Microbiology

Subject: Why are certain infections so common in hospitals (MRSA, VRE)?

Date: Sat Jan 29 18:15:19 2000
Posted by Andrea Noren
Grade level: nonaligned School: No school entered.
City: Adelphia State/Province: NJ Country: 07710
Area of science: Microbiology
ID: 949191319.Mi

A friend recently died after six weeks in a local ICU.  He went in with 
dehydration, and ended up contracting both MRSA and VRE.  My daughter and I 
were discussing what had happened to him, and I couldn't explain to her why 
certain infections that were so deadly were so common in hospitals, 
especially ICUs.  She has the usual 8-year-old's view of rightness of the 
world, and knows that they clean so often in the hospital.  

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