An increase in school and community acquired MRSA and Staph infections
Once limited to hospital and healthcare facilities, MRSA has unfortunately become one of the more common infectious diseases transmitted in community settings. Becoming infected with MRSA creates the potential of deadly sepsis.
Schools (gyms and weight rooms) in particular, can be breeding grounds for this highly contagious and increasingly dangerous bacterium.
Pustules which may seep and spread over an area of the body
- Prevention starts with hand washing, covering wounds, and not sharing personal items. Priority: reduce the risk of contracting and spreading.
- Recognizing the signs of MRSA can be tricky and may be confused with other skin irritations. (see photo above)
- Treating begins with seeing a doctor for diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Treating continues with proper disinfection of surfaces that may have been colonized with the bacteria so as to not allow reinfection or spread.
If you know, or suspect, where your infection may have been contracted, it is vitally important to contact someone at that location and alert them. Prompt attention on both ends can often be the difference between an isolated case and an outbreak.
We all have an opportunity to end the path to infection.
We know many people have been affected by this sometimes devastating infection – some hospital acquired and others community acquired. Here is an excellent resource: MRSA Survivors Network
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Although we’ve heard it time and time again… and while it may seem very elementary, it remains true and we all need frequent reminders:
Up to 80% of all infections are transmitted simply because we are not washing our hands often enough and/or well enough.
1) Wet your hands with clean, running, warm water
2) Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails
3) Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds
4) Rinse your hands very well under clean, running water
5) Thoroughly dry your hands using a clean dry towel, or air-dry
- Posted by Jodi Woodson
- On December 6, 2016