Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is caused by a type of staph bacteria that's become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections. Learn more about MRSA and simple steps you can take to protect yourself or a loved one.
A ventilator can be a lifesaving machine that helps patients who cannot breathe on their own, but conditions requiring ventilator use can also increase a patient's chance of getting an infection. This program will talk about the risk of infections that may occur with ventilator use as well as the steps healthcare personnel should take to prevent such infections.
A clean and sanitized hospital room is critical for preventing the spread of infection. Learn what to expect from the visit of an Environmental Services Professional who cleans and disinfects your room. Patients will also discover what they and their families can do to assist in keeping their environment clean and safe.
There's been a rapid rise in the emergence of bacteria that don't respond to traditional antibiotics. This makes bacterial infections a serious threat. This program will describe signs that an antibiotic may not be working as well as steps your healthcare providers can take to help prevent the development of resistance to antibiotics.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory infection. It is caused by a virus. It usually spreads when a person comes in contact with droplets from coughs or sneezes of someone with the virus. The symptoms of measles happen about 8 to 12 days after coming in contact with a person with the virus.
There is a strain of bacteria that can spread easily in hospitals and long-term care facilities. We call it 'staph'. That's short for "Staphylococcus aureus" bacteria. Antibiotics used to kill staph easily. But some types of staph have become resistant to antibiotics. They are hard to kill. If this bacteria infects you, it can cause all kinds of problems in your body. It can even kill you.
This is an intestinal infection. It's caused by a bacterium known as Clostridium difficile. We also call it "C. diff." It lives in the intestines of some people. For most who carry it, C. diff. doesn't cause problems. But it can spread to others, especially in places like hospitals and nursing homes. And when it infects someone new, it can grow out of control.
This is a viral infection. It usually results in an itchy rash and mild sickness that lasts for five to 10 days. This virus spreads easily among children. In the past, contracting chickenpox was a routine part of childhood for most people. But a vaccine has made infections much less common.
Hepatitis B is one of five virus types that cause hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis B is considered a sexually transmitted infection. This video takes an in-depth look at hepatitis B—how common it is, how it is spread, and what you can do to prevent its transmission.
The hepatitis C virus is another type of hepatitis virus that causes an inflammation of the liver. HCV is transmitted though exposure to infected blood or blood products. In this video, you'll find out more about how it's transmitted, what treatments are available, and what you can do to protect yourself from this disease.
If you've been dealing with lasting effects of Lyme disease, you know how painful and frustrating it can be. It can take a long time to identify your problem, and many people don't understand what you are going through. But with the right approach, you can manage this syndrome. Here are some things you should think about.
This disease, most commonly a problem among people who live in developing countries, is a bacterial infection that usually attacks the lungs. It can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, spinal cord and kidneys. A full-blown, active case of tuberculosis can be deadly.
This is a group of viruses that infect your respiratory tract. Most people will be infected with a coronavirus at least once in their lifetime. Usually, symptoms are mild or moderate, and may seem like those of a common cold. But some coronaviruses can be very dangerous.
This is the name we give a large group of viruses that often spread by sexual activity. HPV infections are so common that almost everyone will get one soon after they become sexually active. Most infections aren't harmful and go away on their own. But some can lead to cancer.
Clostridium difficile (C. diff) bacteria can be very harmful. They affect the intestinal tract. They can cause symptoms ranging from mild diarrhea to severe inflammation of the large intestine (colon). Read on to learn about how this infection is caused, diagnosed, and treated--and how to prevent it.
Biobrane (also called artificial skin) is a white stretchable dressing that covers the site of a burn wound. It is also used to cover the donor site if you have a skin graft. It will stay in place to protect your wound while it heals. You may do your normal activities with the Biobrane on your wound. Here are some general guidelines for home care.
A Transcyte dressing covers a second- or third-degree burn. This type of dressing reduces your need for dressing changes. It will stay in place until your wound is healed. You can perform most of your normal activities with the Transcyte in place. Learn how to care for your Transcyte dressing.