MRSA Bacteria Found in Neo-Natal Unit of Anchorage Hospital
A baby in the NICU showed signs of an unknown infection which testing later proved to be a MRSA infection, a drug-resistant staph infection.
According to Providence Medical Center officials, a baby in the neo-natal intensive care unit showed signs of an unknown infection which testing later proved to be a MRSA infection, a drug-resistant staph infection.
Many parents of patients in the NICU fear that their premature babies may become infected as the immune systems of premature babies are often underdeveloped.
Further testing revealed that a number of babies at the Providence Medical Center have MRSA on their skin but doctors stress that, so far, no other babies have been made sick by it.
“We are segregating the babies that we know have it, even though they are not sick, from the babies that we know don’t have it right now…it's just on their skin,” said Providence Medical Center NICU Medical Director Lily Lou.
Again, Providence staff stress that just because MRSA is found on the skin doesn’t mean a person or a baby is being made sick by it.
Providence officials said they are available talk with the parents of any of their patients who are concerned about MRSA.