Taking proper precautions will help prevent the spread of MRSA. It has been reported that patients known to have this staph infection followed two precautions – hand hygiene and culture change – These two changes reported a reduction of transmission 17% in the ICUs and 21% in other wards. This is why the title says, “Prevention Shock” it will SHOCK after you know how much precautions can reduce the transmission of this infection.
These precautions will prevent the spread the statistics are the proof. Another “Prevention Shock” precaution for MRSA is very simple almost anyone can perform them. You can begin taking action with precautions today. Seeing that 2 in 100 people carry MRSA, we all should be following these simple but yet still important precautions.
Prevention Shock, Shocking what You Know
Does it require your doctor before you can start precautions? Of course not, prevention can begin immediately. Did you know – Washing hands has saved more lives than any medical breakthrough in a generation – and it is the number one way to prevent MRSA! Have you heard about the “Clean Your Hands” campaign? It was a campaign to promote in hospitals for everyone to wash their hands. The chart to the right shows the drop in MRSA cases reported by NHS Trust.
Top 5 Ways To Prevent The Spread of MRSA
- Washing your hands with soap and water – you need to continue washing for 20 seconds to get rid of the bacteria
- Use barriers when using shared surfaces
- Cover cuts, punctures, abrasions, rashes, etc.
- Avoid overusing antibiotics, seek out alternatives when sick
- Take antibiotics as directed when it is necessary to take them
How can you not be shocked? The simple fact is washing your hands has the “SHOCK” value. Could you imagine if everyone followed the top 5 ways To prevent the spread of MRSA!
Typically, soap and water or alcohol based disinfectants is better than antibacterial products because the antibacterial products may only kill weak bacteria and allow other stronger bacteria to reproduce or mutate into resistant strains.
In Healthcare Facilities
Healthcare facilities will need to prevent the spread of HA-MRSA (hospital acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Since people who are in the hospital or other healthcare facility are there because of a health issue, they are at a higher risk of getting an infection because their immune system is already weakened. This makes it more important to follow MRSA precautions like the following:
- Wearing gloves
- Washing hands thoroughly
- Protect eyes, mouth, and nose from fluids
- Wear gowns
- Follow equipment and surface sanitation procedures
- Don’t allow patients to share personal hygiene items
Any breaks in the skin should be cleaned and covered. Patients should be tested for MRSA colonization and when there is colonization the patient will need to be isolated and treated. MRSA can be acquired in the community.
In the Community
CA-MRSA is community acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Precautions need to be taken in the community to prevent an infection. Places that CA-MRSA can be spread:
- Fitness facilities
- Athletic fields
- Childcare centers
- Group homes
Precautions include placing a barrier between shared surfaces and the skin. Placing a towel on a surface will create a barrier. Showering and changing clothes will also help prevent the spread of the bacteria if you are exposed to it.
When Precautions Failed
When MRSA precautions fail, treatment will be necessary. In addition to treatment, the infected area will need to be covered and steps taken to avoid the spread of the bacteria to others that come in contact with the infected person.
Basic MRSA precautions can go a long way, especially hand washing. Though there is no way to avoid the bacteria, good hygiene and a strong immune system will reduce your risks of getting HA-MRSA or CA-MRSA. Prompt diagnosis will increase the success of treatment when precautions fail and an infection is acquired.