Patient’s name Sandra Browning¹
Identified bacterium ______________²
Place of infection³ hip □ arm □ face □
Tests done⁴ urine □ blood □ throat □ nose □ skin □
White blood cell count _______________⁵
Test for Escherichia coli⁵ negative □ positive □
Test for Staphylococcus aureus⁷
negative □ positive □
Resistance to antimicrobial agents⁸Resistant
When medical staff suspect that Mrs Browning has MRSA, they send blood samples and swabs to the Pathology lab for tests. The test results show that she has an infection from the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. This bacterium has resistance to some antibiotics, it is susceptible to one antibiotic, and there are two antibiotics it cannot resist.
Mrs Browning will be isolated in a separate room and, to avoid any contamination by pathogens, the ward will be thoroughly disinfected.