Boy am I getting sick of this MRSA hysteria. I worked 4 hours as a favor for someone on Med/Surg yesterday. I had a 81 year GI bleed patient getting blood. His COPDer wife on O2 came in, she was the loud, demanding type.
She said that her husband needed to be tested for MRSA. I asked her why she thought he had MRSA. She said when they were in the ER yesterday, she heard that someone had MRSA. I told her I would pass on her request to the doctor. She was very insistant and demending, practically expecting me to drop everything to call him right then and there.
I mentioned it to the nurse who came on the relieve me at 1100.(and not a moment too soon
I'm ready for the public to latch onto something new for their unreasonable fears. Meanwhile, the woman was walking around with a portable O2 tank and reeking of cigarettes.