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Types of superbugs

When you are admitted to hospital with personal injuries following a car accident or for a routine operation then the last thing that you expect is to contract a bug that could decrease your health to a worrying low.

Our bodies contain a good bacteria that they need to function healthily but they also contain some bad bacteria which, in certain circumstances, can cause us to develop highly contagious life-threatening bugs, which are commonly known as superbugs.

Stories concerning superbugs such as MRSA are regularly documented in the media and usually detail new outbreaks rather than positive news like treatments and cures. The fact is more than 1000 people die as a result of contracting MRSA every year and many of these are hospital patients.

The trouble with superbugs is that they do spread incredibly fast and are not easily treated. Those that are not killed by MRSA, for example, could end up facing ongoing health problems and serious disabilities.

MRSA
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus is basically an infection that has evolved and become resistant to antibiotics such as penicillin, methicillin and flucloxacillin. Staphylococcus aureus lives quite naturally on the skin or in the noses of healthy people but if it gets under the skin through cuts or wounds or into the lungs it can cause an infection and lead to serious problems.

If the bacteria are present on the skin, MRSA can be passed around by physical contact. Infection can cause redness, swelling and tederness although some people carry MRSA without displaying any signs or symptoms. Those most at risk of contracting this superbug are those who are already ill or who have weak immune systems, particularly hospital patients.

While MRSA is the most documented superbug, little is known about the cause and effects of others superbugs which include:

VRSA
Vancomycin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus is a strain of Staphylococcus Aureus that has become particularly resistant to the antibiotic vancomycin. The emergence of VRSA is distressing for health care professionals seeing as vancomycin is one of the most effective tratements for MRSA.

C-Dif
Clostridium Difficile infectious diarrhea occurs secondary to a toxin produced by this bacterium. Healthy people who are not taking antibiotics and have plenty of good bacteria within them manage to keep the C-Dif under control. However, when patients take antibiotics the level of good bacteria becomes reduced and the C-Dif can become powerful and overpopulate the inside of the colon or intestine. This imbalance of bacteria can create two main types of toxins that attack your body.

Symptoms may include diarrhea, cramping, dehydration, fever, nausea, vomiting, bloody stools, low blood pressure, a dilated colon and colon perforation. Those most at risk include those who have recently undergone surgery and elderly hospital or nursing home patients. Treatment for C-Dif includes discontinuing the offending drug and taking antibiotics such as metronidazole or vencomycin.

Make a personal injury compensation claim through us today
If you have sustained personal injury or illness through no fault of your own then you may be entitled to make a compensation claim against the person or organisation responsible.

For example, if you have picked up a superbug during a stay in hospital as a result of medical negligence then you could make a personal injury compensation claim through The Claim Solicitors.

You can claim for pain, suffering and distress, lost earnings, medical expenses and much more, all on a no win no fee basis.  What this means is that, in the event your case is not successful, you won't be charged a penny. It means that making a claim is a completely risk free process - this lets you focus on getting better, not worrying about money.

We are associated with a panel of highly qualified and highly experienced personal injury solicitors who have an excellent success rate. We will strive to appoint you a solicitor who not only operates in your area but will also explain the claims process to you in plain English, without using complicated legal jargon.

To gain free legal advice or further information about making a personal injury compensation claim you can chat to an online advisor right away. You could also fill out an online claim assessment form or give us a call on 0800 197 32 32 to make a cost-free personal injury claim today.