Having a family member, who has a MRSA infection, can be petrifying. If you follow precaution, protocols, and prevention guidelines, avoiding your family member with the infection as if they are a flesh eating zombie isn’t necessary.
Your loved one is already rather scared just being diagnosed with MRSA, the last thing that they would want is to have everyone avoid them because everyone is worried about getting this staph infection too. At this time, they need your support and help not having you around can certainly affect their mental state negatively.
No Immediate Concern
In certain situations, the concern may not be immediately for instance your loved one who has MRSA is seriously ill and the focus is on recovery/support for that family member. Even though the concern isn’t there, you should still be aware of and follow precautions and prevention guidelines.
In The Hospital, Everyone Should Be Doing The Following:
- Wear Gloves (especially the nurses/doctors who are caring for your family member)
- Thoroughly wash hands after interaction
- Never have an open wound exposed
- Protect the mouth and nose with medical mask
- Have a gown placed over clothes than remove afterwards
- Never share personal items
Additional information on “MRSA Precautions”
At The Home, Do The Following:
- Bandage sores and cutes
- Regularly Wash Hands
- Never Share hygiene products
- Regularly clean clothes and surfaces in contact with your family member with MRSA
Additional information on “Ways To Prevent MRSA In Homes“.
Covering open wounds on your skin, consistently washing your hands with soap, and using Lysol on surfaces reduces the risk of a MRSA infection to spread while you are caring, visiting, or living with a family member who has this type of staph infection. Your first reaction might be to use antibacterial products as much as possible however overuse of these products cause bacteria to mutating into even stronger resistant strains.
Avoid Being Fearful of the Infection
You may think that you need to completely avoid the family member who has the infection for your own safety and preventing yourself from getting the infection.
Being in contact with your family member who has MRSA, can be frightening this is understandable. It is a staph infection that can spread and cause you to be sick too; however, when you follow the precaution, protocols (all hospital have them), and prevention guidelines the chances of you getting the infection is significantly reduced. Some would say there is no chance of getting MRSA if you follow the guidelines but remember nothing is 100% safe.