working,but could have contracted orsa

  1. Can someone tell me if I should still be working when there is a possibility that i could have caught orsa.I am having no symptoms, when to my doc and she said "your own immune system will get rid of it,your worried for nothing,just continue to use your universal precautions..."I do private duty nursing and may have caught it from a former client i use to service.I'm really scared
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  3. by   Jessy_RN
    welcome to the site. enjoy your stay and best wishes to you.
  4. by   JentheRN05
    Ummmm.... Not to sound stupid, but what is ORSA? I've heard of MRSA and VRE, but what's ORSA?
  5. by   vintagerose
    Hi jenthern05,
    orsa is just oxcillin resistant S.A. instead of methicillin resistant S.A.,but basically it's the same thing.Thank You for replying
  6. by   psychonurse
    Well i know that with MRSA we don't let the people that have it work and we really restrict their activities...they don't get to go out to yard and no working out on the weight pile. The security officers have been really leary of it and I would pull out of your job until you stop draining....It is highly contagious and i would be very careful whom I am around during your state that you are contagious.
  7. by   vintagerose
    Hi to pschonurse,
    Thank you for replying but I have NO WOUNDS, i AM NOT SICK IN ANY WAY,that's why my doc said my immune system would rid itself of it.Just was wondering.......Thanks
  8. by   JentheRN05
    Well - if your are exposed, and wasn't in a wound, not in urine and/or saliva, why don't you get tested just to clear your mind? I doubt you actually have it, and most likely won't 'carry' it. MRSA doesn't have carriers that I know of, and if you are diagnosed with 'having' it then you should not expose others to it. But it doesn't seem likely to me that you have contracted it.
  9. by   Audreyfay
    When working in Hawaii, their MRSA + patients were not isolated at all. The thought was "if the nares of the nurses are cultured, 90% would be positive anyway." I was horrified! Only stayed for six months. Wouldn't ever want to work there again. Yes, my view is tainted. It's not for everyone.
  10. by   jmgrn65
    Quote from Audreyfay
    When working in Hawaii, their MRSA + patients were not isolated at all. The thought was "if the nares of the nurses are cultured, 90% would be positive anyway." I was horrified! Only stayed for six months. Wouldn't ever want to work there again. Yes, my view is tainted. It's not for everyone.
    That is the general consensus that probably 90% of all nurses have mrsa in the nares. It is thought to be becoming part of the normal flora.:uhoh21:
  11. by   childpsych74
    Please don't panic, vintage rose. If your immunity is strong, you shouldn't even notice. If there's a nasal swab, you can get tested but for what? Most people who have a resistant bug don't know it, so what's the difference? You shouldn't worry, unless you already are immunocompromised from cancer or something else. I'm sure I'm colonized with MRSA and don't give it a second thought. Most healthcare workers probably are. Don't panic, live your life and continue your universal precautions. We can't live in a bubble, that's why God gave us immune systems.

    Quote from vintagerose
    Can someone tell me if I should still be working when there is a possibility that i could have caught orsa.I am having no symptoms, when to my doc and she said "your own immune system will get rid of it,your worried for nothing,just continue to use your universal precautions..."I do private duty nursing and may have caught it from a former client i use to service.I'm really scared
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  13. by   babynurselsa
    I am a little unclear as to why you believe that you have contracted it if you have no sx or draining wound. Is it simply that you cared for a patient with ORSA? If that is the case then I might have MRSA, the flu, VRE, bronchitis, cellulitis, pnuemonia, AIDS, meningitis..................
    ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS practice good universal precautions. If you are healthy your immune system will be able to defeat many things that you may come into contact with and you will never have a problem. Please don't live in fear.
  14. by   vintagerose
    Hey JenRN & Sloper,
    Thank You for your response.I do feel much better after reading your replys.I love this web site,nurses helping nurses,what a wonderful thing.Take care guys. Talk to you later,
    Sincerely,
    Vintagerose

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