Chronic rheumatic diseases and immunosuppressive drugs increase the risk of infection so that measures against MRSA infections (against methicillin-resistant yellow staphylococci) may be relevant.
(From National supervisor)
- Upon admission, all patients are asked about previous hospital stays, including stays at foreign hospitals.
- The procedure at admission must not delay the necessary diagnostics and treatment in patients where this may occur.
- The necessity of admission and where in the hospital it is most beneficial that the patient be admitted must be clarified.
- In case of emergency admission, the patient does not follow the usual income procedure, but is transported shortest to single room
- If it is unclear whether the patient needs urgent admission, the patient may be placed on an appropriate room in emergency room if the assessment can be done in a short period of time (one hour). Nevertheless, the isolation procedures for the patient must be followed. If there is no need for emergency admission, samples for MRSA examination are taken outpatiently either at the primary or at the hospital's outpatient clinic. Upon delivery of a patient with suspected or confirmed MRSA, including a patient from countries outside of the Nordic countries and the Netherlands, ambulance personnel and any companions should not move around in the hospital, but follow the instructions provided by the hospital staff.
- Isolation: The spread of staphylococci occurs mainly by contact, but the microbe can also spread through the air. The most important thing is to comply with the regime for contact-sensitive insulation, but it is also important to prevent the staff and patients from becoming carriers in the nose.
- In case of suspected MRSA, the patient is isolated
- Norwegian Institute of Public Health, supervisor
- Norwegian Institute of Public Health (2009)
- Wikipedia (English)