I just got a phone call from my doctor. I went to him about a week ago because I had a "boil" under my arm. It started as a spot almost like a bite, and I remember itching it at work under my scrubs
. As it progressed bigger and bigger I did what all good nurses do........I tried to drain it lol. Anyway, after developing a really nasty hot spot, the redness was traveling bigger and bigger around the area. I could hardly keep my arm down against it. I finally gave it up and went in to see my doc. I was afraid he would want to lance it and I'm a big baby when I'm stuck with a knife! Well thats what he did..aghh. Then he started me on antibiotics...clindamycin, and sent me on my way. It wasn't really getting any better til 2 days ago. I had our wound care nurse look at it on the side at work, and she commented..."O you have a staph infection",,,gave me some dressings to take home to use and didnt seem too concerned. At the end of my 12 hr day I came home and found my would had finally drained...loads.
To make a long story short, the doc says I have mrsa. I can't believe it but then again I can. I deal with lots of old people with nasty wounds, and yes, mrsa among other nastys. BTW, my wound is really much better. Pain is gone, but I still have a hard lump under the skin. He changed my antibiotic to doxyclycline and I'll start that tomorrow.
Now. He advised me to speak with my infection control team. Will they send me home? And is it necessary? Wouldn't it be fine as long as my would has a dressing on it? Do I really need to share this with my hospital? See, I strongly believe the only reason a hospital does NOT test their nurses for mrsa thru nose swabs ect, is that if they DID they would find most..or a large portion of them with the disease collonized.
So..what do I do here?