The medical ward at the Southern General has now re-opened. Three patients are still being treated for MRSA in a temporary designated cohort isolation area.
As a precautionary infection control measure the Intensive Care Unit at the Southern General Hospital is currently not admitting any new patients due to an increased incidence of MRSA. Only one patient is requiring treatment for MRSA and no-one is giving any cause for concern as a direct result.
The situation at the Intensive Therapy Unit at Inverclyde Royal Hospital remains unchanged. Two patients continue to be treated for MRSA and no new patients are being admitted.
Appropriate infection control precautions are in place and the situation is being monitored continuously.
Contingency plans are in place for any patient who would normally be admitted to either Intensive Therapy Unit to be transferred to other units in nearby hospitals.
A further update will be issued tomorrow afternoon (Friday, October 26, 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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