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Study: Superbug MRSA found on ambulance oxygen tanks, floors, door handles raising need for vigilance in prehospital setting

from Healthcare Finance

A new study published in the Emergency Medicine Journal shows that the much-talked-about threat of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA, isn't just found inside hospitals. The research shows the threat exists for patients before they even get to a hospital bed, with the potentially deadly bacteria showing up on oxygen tanks in ambulances, ambulance floors and even on ambulance door handles. "This paper raises the problem of these specific objects being contaminated by MRSA and resulting in a previously unaddressed reservoir of MRSA in ambulances," said Michael David, assistant professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania, who was not associated with the study. "This observation importantly may result in new standard procedures to clean these objects with an antiseptic between uses." more

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