Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for Necrotizing Fasciitis

What is Necrotizing Fasciitis?

Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a bacterial infection that attacks the soft tissue and the fascia, which is a sheath of tissue covering the muscle. The Group A Strep (bacterial) infection must be introduced into the body (through surgical procedures, skin abrasions, an access point) (NNFF, 2003). According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NF is a serious bacterial infection that spreads rapidly and destroys the body's soft tissue. Commonly called [the] "flesh-eating infection' [or the flesh eating disease] by the media, this rare disease can be caused by more than one type of bacteria. These include group A Streptococcus (group A strep), Klebsiella, Clostridium, E.coli, Stphylococcus aureus, and Aeromonas hydrophila, among others. Group A strep is considered the most common cause of [NF] (CDC, 2013).