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Overview

MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It causes a staph infection (pronounced "staff infection") that is resistant to several common antibiotics. There are two types of infection. Hospital-associated MRSA happens to people in healthcare settings. Community-associated MRSA happens to people who have close skin-to-skin contact with others, such as athletes involved in football and wrestling.

Infection control is key to stopping 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, see a health care provider. Treatments may include draining the infection and antibiotics.
NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Via MedlinePlus



 

Regulations & Guidelines
CDC

(1) Definition

(2) Symptoms

(3) Prevention in Healthcare Settings

(4) Precautions to Prevent the Spread of MRSA in Healthcare Settings

NIOSH

MRSA and the Workplace

OSHA

MRSA Portion of Hospital eTool

MedlinePlus  MRSA  

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Instructional Resources
Videos

(1) If you only have five minutes to think about this issue, check out "Get Smart: Know when antibiotics work".

(2) Live Experiment Shows That MRSA Dies on Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces

(3) Video from Dr. John Jernigan, MRSA expert from CDC

Image Library

(1) Photos of MRSA Skin Infections from CDC

(2) Additional Images (Note: Search MRSA)

Educational Materials

(1) Educational Materials from CDC for Healthcare Professionals

(2) Environmental Cleaning & Disinfecting for MRSA

Fact Sheets MRSA Resource Kit for Healthcare Professionals
Articles (1) MRSA in the Dental Office (Medscape access required)

 

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Patient Resources
From CDC

(1) Personal Prevention

(2) Prevention in Schools, including advice for students

(3) Prevention in Athletic Facilities

(4) Prevention in Correctional Facilities

(5) Educational Materials

(6) Posters for Athletics Community

FDA

Consumer Update on Hand Sanitizers

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