Two wards across Greater Glasgow and Clyde have postponed new admissions as a result of five patients being treated for an MRSA infection.
A medical ward at the Southern General has three patients being treated for the infection none of whom are giving any cause for concern as a direct result of the infection.
The Intensive Therapy Unit at Inverclyde Royal Hospital has two patients being treated for an MRSA infection. Contingency plans are in place for any patient who would normally be admitted to the unit to be transferred to other units in nearby hospitals.
Standard infection control precautions are in place at the two wards.
A further update will be issued tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday, October 24, 2007).
The acquisition of MRSA is complex and many factors can affect its transmission in hospitals or healthcare facilities. For example, colonized patients can arrive at hospital with the infection having already acquired it in the community.
Another factor affecting transmission includes the fact that some patients are more vulnerable to the infection due to their underlying medical condition or type of treatment.
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