Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Almost inevitable

Lest any of you thought I was exaggerating the dangers of MRSA here is a report from an Australian newspaper today. Australian doctors are not afraid to make some pretty blunt statements:

"If you go into an intensive care unit in a major Sydney hospital it is almost inevitable that you will get MRSA if you stay long enough."
Richard West, chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons infection control advisory committee.

A google news search on MRSA will bring up several thousand articles.

It's painfully obvious that what we most need is a new acronym. Fortunately the CDC is available to bring us HA-MRSA: Healthcare-Associated Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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