Susceptibility to SSI More If Patients Have Skin Infection History

A new research conducted by Johns Hopkins institutes show that people who have a skin infection related medical history has 3 times greater chances to develop surgical site infection (SSI). The research pointed out that even after all the proper measures and precautions needed to prevent SSI were taken, some patients were more susceptible to skin infection than others.

The relation between past skin infection and SSI is strong according to the research team. The research does not establish any direct relation. The research lead Nauder Faraday, MD, MPH, an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine says, “What this research suggests is that people have intrinsic differences in how susceptible they are to infection and that we need to know their skin infection histories. Now that we have these findings, we must learn more about the exact molecular basis for the difference and develop new strategies to prevent harm.”

A very close analysis of the information was done by Faraday and his colleagues for 613 patients, with an average age of 62. The information was collected for range of surgeries conducted at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland Medical Center. Out of the total patients, 22 percent have history of skin infection. Within 180 days from the surgery twenty four patients developed SSI. Only 3.9 percent patients got SSI compared to 6.7 percent who had a medical history regarding skin infection.

Nauder Faraday commented on this susceptibility explaining it on logical terms. Similar bacteria are present even in the most sterilized hospital environments that cause skin infection like abscesses, impetigo or cellulitis. When the immune system has to face similar conditions it becomes susceptible to it again.

The news comes as an important note striking – “Prevention is better than cure” policy for skin infections. Slightest cut, minutest bruises can make you perfect prey for pathogens. Skin infections are preventable but require timely and proper care. Here are some common modes of getting skin infection.

Person to Person – Skin infection can transmit from infected to healthy person. If you are taking care of a person with skin infection, it is better to follow all the preventive measures. Things like disposable cloves, washed towels etc, and in most extreme cases quarantine.

Food Borne Infection – Street food is surely titillating for taste buds, but comes with a cost. That cost is infection in the intestinal tract in form of gastroenteritis, food poisoning and sometime major health complications. Prefer cleaner and more hygienic street food options.

Improper Hand Hygiene – Hands are commonly in contact with many surfaces all day long. Most of them are far from being cleaner which calls in for better hygiene practices.

1. Wash hands before eating or touching a considerably dirty surface
2. Give proper scrub to hands covering all the area
3. Spend 10 – 20 seconds washing hands
4. Rinse with lukewarm water and use mild soap with antiviral qualities

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