Contracting MRSA - page 3

I contracted Mersa in my hands and fought the initial infection for 6 months. During this time period I was also out of work. Not covered by Workmans Comp. Their view is that I could have contracted it anywhere. The main... Read More

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    I have recently developed a MRSA infection that was next to my Left eye. It began as a red bump and turned into a abscess. That thing hurt so bad. I was placed on bactrim. I am a WOCN nurse. (Wound, Ostomy and Continence) I am constantly working with patients who have MRSA in their wounds and follow strict handwashing and infection control. I have had several cases where I see patients who are not diganosed when I intially see them but when I have a follow-up they are now in isolation for MRSA. I have not been able to return to work because my work requires 3 negative cultures and I have not been able to get 3 negatives yet. I have been out of work for a month because of this. I began Bactroban and hoping this will help. I have only been at my job for 3 months. I have been terminated due to their policy because I only have 2 weeks of short term disability. Workers comp was denied of course because I cannot prove it. I am told I can reapply for my job once I have 3 negative cultures. I was wondering if anyone knows of any protection for nurses out there who acquire MRSA. I have found that California association of nurses is acting on this. I live in Pennsylvania and have not been able to find anything for my state. It is very scary to find out that there is no protection for me and that I have lost my job over this.I never in a million years thought I could get terminated for something like this. I am worried about this happening again. I am a healthy 31 year old with no medical history and never thought something like this could happen to me. I just recently got back into direct patient care and its scary out there. Any input would be greatly appreciated. If anyone knows of any cases that were won. I am seeking to appeal my workers comp and seeking an attorney. I can only find articles for protection of patients which is great but what about protection for the healthcare workers?

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    The gossip, rumor and fright surrounding MRSA colonization and infection in nurses is apalling ot me. It should not be this way. On Friday I am going to particiapte in an OSHA conferrence call as a representative of the Consumers Union. I am a MRSA advocate and activist.

    I am going to print out some of these letters, from this thread and use them, without names, as a representation of the fear that nurses experience of 1. contraction MRSa on the job, 2 getting tested and losing their jobs if they are positive, even though they contracted in the hospital, 3. the fact that nurses are never automatically given workmans comp when they develop an infection or colonization after a known exposure to patients with MRSA.

    Also the idea of nurses refusing screening....this can put the nurse at risk. If they are going to have a high risk procedure, screening allows for decolonization, and appropriate preoperative antibiotics. Also, if a nurse is conlonized, he/she should be isolated in order to avoid spread of disease. Without screening, the nurse puts themselves at risk and others as well. MRSA colonization is contagious.

    My belief is that CDC recommendations must be changed to put focus on prevention of MRSA, rather than having recommendations that are only used AFTER an outbreak. If patients are screened (results within 3 hours with PCR testing) and the MRSA status is known, then Isolation with contact precautions begin quickly after admission....exposures to MRSA for employees, families, and visitors would drop dramatically.

    Please, if anyone has suggestions or concerns regarding HCWs exposure to MRSA and or other biohazards, please respond to this post and I will present it during my call.
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    If it is a confirmed MRSA you have to report it to your manager.
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    Hugs to you.

    I had MRSA in my buttcheek, had a depo ralovera shot, turned into an abscess and I required surgery. My workplace treated me like a leper and no one seemed to know what to do, I was given conflicting information and it was so frustrating. After much screaming, swearing and threats and weeks of no work a new policy was developed on nursing staff with MRSA.

    On the plus side if I have to be admitted to a public hospital I get a single room. To be cleared we need three consecutive MRSA swabs and so far no one has approached me to do this and I'm not volunteering.... I don't want to have to share a room!

    Good luck with your treatment and if it's any consolationmost of us who work in health probably have it.
    Last edit by Scrubby on Jun 10, '10

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