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Hospital operating rooms: Staph infections, how does it get there?

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A staff infection refers to a bacteria called Staphylococcus Aureus. According to the CDC, almost 1/3 of us carry it in our noses, where it does not cause health problems. However, it can cause an infection and in healthcare settings...
These infections can be very serious, since many patients have compromised immune systems which make them more susceptible to infection. 
There are different variants of staphylococcus aureus, and the most commonly known is referred to as MRSA: methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus and this is the root problem, bacteria become Resistant…
In this case, it’s to methicillin. 
So, because it is a naturally occurring bacteria, it’s regularly being introduced to hospitals which includes the operating room. While tests can be done to see if patients are carriers, these tests are not full proof.
Furthermore, even if those patients who test positive with a variant of staphylococcus were to be treated with anti-microbials (such as mupirocin), this has led to new and resistant forms of staphylococcus.
The bottom line: it’s naturally occurring, it’s regularly brought to hospitals and operating rooms, and it cannot be eradicated without creating more resistant and dangerous strains.
Note: operating rooms are not sterile, rather there are zones within the operating theater that are sterile and zones that are not sterile.