Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is an infection with a strain of Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics, such as methicillin, amoxicillin and penicillin. Staph are common bacteria that normally live on the skin and can cause infection when they enter the skin through a cut or sore.
MRSA infections in hospitalised patients are known as healthcare-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA). For example, the infection can be contracted from healthcare workers not washing their hands before examining a patient’s open wound. It is incumbent upon hospitals to ensure that effective standards of hygiene are maintained. MRSA is a serious infection, leading to longer hospitalisation and slower recovery.
More than 5,000 cases of MRSA were reported in the UK in 2002, with an estimated 800 deaths linked to MRSA.
Augustus Cullen Law act for claimants not yet before the Irish Courts affected by HA-MRSA. Please contact our Medical Negligence group if you feel that you have contracted MRSA as a result of poor medical hygiene as you may be entitled to compensation for the damage caused
08 December 2006