Senator Sherrod Brown has sponsored bills in 2007 and 2013 that address the spread of antimicrobial resistant bacteria in hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions where many of the most serious antibiotic resistant bacteria occur and are spread. One of the major dangers of replacement and transplant surgeries is getting MRSAor other antibiotic resistant bacteria while getting the procedure. These bills have not been passed to date.

MRSA is an acronym for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus that resulted when methicillin, one of the most commonly used antibiotics to combat staph infections, became resistant to that specific drug. There are now several strains of bacteria that resist drug treatments. The staph bacteria have evolved to now be resistant to methicillin, amoxicillin, penicillin, oxacillin, and other classes of antibiotics.

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