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  • Miranda just recently got her Appendix taken out in a nearby hospital.
  • How are you feeling after your surgery?
  • Today, Miranda is getting her two week checkup after her surgery. She presented with pimples that had grown into swollen red bumps that were tender and hot to the touch
  • I feel terrible! I have a fever and all of these swollen, red, painful bumps on my skin
  • Dr. Smith realizes that Miranda may have contracted something due to her surgery.
  • We are going to admit you and run some tests
  • Dr. Smith and other visitors must now wear Personal Protective Equipment (gowns, gloves, and masks) to prevent the spread of MRSA in the hospital. MRSA can be found in both the hospital and community settings, and it can be very dangerous if not caught early
  • So it turns out that you got MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) due to your open surgical wound
  • Although MRSA is very common in the hospital setting, Miranda is very frantic, but Dr. Smith is able to reassure her that she will be okay as long as she gets the proper treatment. Miranda is given an IV of Vancoymycin, a very strong antibiotic. MRSA is resistant to a lot of antibiotics, Methicillin included, but Vancomycin is able to clear the bacterial infection.
  • It can be deadly, but luckily we caught it in time! MRSA is resistant to a lot of antibiotics, including Methicillin, so we will give you Vancomycin to treat the infection
  • Is it deadly? What can we do about it?
  • Since the infection has been cleared, Miranda is able to go home, but she must come back for another two week check up to make sure everything is going as planned.
  • Thanks Dr. Smith! I'll see you in two weeks!
  • Goodbye Miranda, make sure to contact us if you notice any more symptoms, such as a high fever or more painful or pus filled bumps. In the mean time, wash your hands and make sure your wounds are covered, we don't want another infection on our hands!
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