Good Hand Hygiene: One of the Best Defenses Against MRSA
Hand hygiene is critical to MRSA prevention
Major health organizations make it very clear: Because MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) can be transferred by person to person contact, one of the best prevention methods is good hand hygiene. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada recommend washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
What is MRSA and where is the greatest risk of transmission?
MRSA is a type of staph that is usually manifested as skin infections, such as pimples and boils in otherwise healthy people and may, in some cases, cause a serious infection. It is resistant to numerous antibiotics such as methicillin, penicillin and amoxicillin. There are two types of MRSA: Healthcare Acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA) and Community Acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) The spread of MRSA occurs more frequently in some types of environments, including hospitals, schools, dormitories and even military barracks.
Preventive measures include washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
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CDC recommendations for MRSA prevention:
- Keep your hands clean by washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Shower immediately after participating in exercise.
- Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.
- Use a barrier, such as clothing or a towel, when using shared equipment.
- Maintain a clean environment by cleaning frequently touched surfaces.
- Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors.