Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA causes a staph infection that is resistant to several common antibiotics. There are two types of infection; hospital associated MRSA which is acquired in healthcare settings and community associated MRSA which occurs when individuals have close skin-to-skin contact with others, such as athletes involved in football and wrestling.
Infection control is key to preventing MRSA in hospitals. To prevent community associated MRSA
- Practice good hygiene
- Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed
- Avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages
- Avoid sharing personal items, such as towels, washcloths, razors, or clothes
- Wash soiled sheets, towels and clothes in hot water with bleach and dry in a hot dryer
If a wound appears to be infected, an individual should be seen by a healthcare provider. Treatment may include draining the infection and antibiotics.
NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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