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MRSA Toolkit
MRSA Toolkit



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

(1) Definition

(2) Symptoms

(3) Prevention in Healthcare Settings

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


MRSA and the Workplace


MRSA Portion of Hospital eTool

MedlinePlus  MRSA  

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Instructional Resources

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

Image Library

(1) Photos of MRSA Skin Infections from CDC

Educational Material

(1) Educational Materials from CDC for Healthcare Professionals

(2) Environmental Cleaning & Disinfecting for MRSA

Fact Sheets MRSA Resource Kit for Healthcare Professionals

(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


(1) FDA issues final rule on safety and effectiveness of consumer hand sanitizers

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