Running the MRSA Vanguard with Vancomycin

In today’s world, a higher degree of exchange is taking place between places through commerce and travel, and contact with new strains of bacteria is now becoming commonplace. Even more disconcerting is certain bacteria have begun to develop resistance to last line treatments such as Vancomycin.

Most people have never heard of Vancomycin and they are lucky. In a recent survey, three out of four doctors considered Vancomycin as the leading treatment for MRSA infections[1]. Vancomycin doesn’t allow common types of bacteria to latch onto the cells in your body and because of this, many of the bacteria will die. The treatment for MRSA is one of six “indications” for which Vancomycin is restricted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is because the more an antibiotic is used, the more resistant bacteria can develop. As a result, we should restrict usage to the most serious indications and limit antibiotic resistance.

It may seem counterintuitive but the evolution of bacteria is actually normal. Vancomycin was originally developed and then fast tracked by the FDA in 1958 because certain bacteria were becoming resistant to Penicillin. Even though antibiotics like Vancomycin are life saving treatments against serious bacterial infections, the problem of antibiotic resistance has become a growing global problem, and alternative therapies should be considered and developed.

MRSAidTM is a non-antibiotic therapy that we are developing to eliminate bacteria from the noses of patients during high infection risk times. It is currently being used at Vancouver General Hospital as part of a quality improvement project to reduce the risk of patients developing post-surgical site infections. Since MRSAidTM is based on our platform technology known as Photodisinfection, it has been shown not to generate bacterial resistance. To learn more about MRSAidTM, watch this news clip of us:

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2 Responses to “Running the MRSA Vanguard with Vancomycin”

  1. nancy says:

    my son had surgery this morning. he was diagnosed as having cellulitis, and they say he has a staph infection. they tried to fight it with vancomycin or something like that. He was on antibiotics since friday, they decided last night about 8:00p.m. to do surgery today sunday aug.21. he has had the symptoms for about 2 to 3 weeks.the location is the elbow. severe pain, redness, swelling. my son is in florida, he is a landscaper. had an open wound for several days. how long will it take him to reccuperate. what exactly is staph infection, and how serious. i live out of state.

  2. ebooki says:

    I enjoyed that post. This topic is really very intesting.

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