At Polito & Harrington, the health and well-being of our clients, employees and the community remains our top priority. We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus and following the guidance of local, state and federal authorities. We will be conducting all non- essential meetings via video or teleconference and remain available to service our clients’ legal needs. Essential meetings in the office will be conducted in accordance with guidance from public health authorities.Although the closure of courts and other cancellations are likely to occur, we remain fully committed to continuing to provide our clients with the same level of service and attention to their legal needs that they have come to expect from Polito & Harrington. We are also open and accepting new cases and referrals. We continue to remain available by email (info@politolaw.com) and via our office phone number (860-447-3300) should you or anyone you know needs to reach us.

Wishing everyone good health,
~ The lawyers and staff of Polito & Harrington

MRSA The Hospital Superbug

MRSA: How To Avoid This Hospital Based Superbug

MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is an infection caused by a strain of strep that is resistant to antibiotics. It is sometimes referred to as a superbug because it is so hard to treat.

Although MRSA can be developed among healthy non-hospital people, it is most often spread among people in the hospital.

MRSA often enters the body through a wound, like a surgical site or through an opening like a bed sore. Persons on dialysis are at special risk because their immune systems are vulnerable and the wound created by the IV.

A carrier, that is someone who is colonized with the bacteria, may not showing any signs of infection or ill health. In fact, a health care worker, doctor, nurse or nurse’s aide may be a carrier and totally unaware of it.

MRSA can be spread by clothing, jewelry or a stethoscope. It can be carried from one patient to the next in this way. Direct contact with a carrier or infected person is a principal source of the spread.

If you have ever been diagnosed with MRSA it is critical that you tell your doctors before any procedure that requires surgical interventions. Recurrences of the disease can sometimes be fatal.

Prevention: If you require hospitalization for any reason: find out what the hospital’s rate of infection is. Find out what precautions the hospital has instituted to prevent the spread of MRSA.

For example, in England, doctors visiting hospitals are prohibited from wearing neck ties, lab coats, jewelry, long sleeves nor are they allowed carrying a stethoscope.

You are the best advocate for your own health. If you see something ask. Find out and do not be shy as infection with MRSA is a serious and often life-threatening illness that can be prevented.

For more information contact the Centers for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov

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