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Information for Patients & Visitors about MRSA

Author: mark b  |  Category: Health & Fitness
Published: May 5, 2010

What is MRSA?

MRSA is short for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Staphylococcus Aureus is a common bacteria found on the skin of many people. MRSA is a type of Staphylococcus Aureus that has become resistant to many of the commonly used antibiotics. MRSA does not always cause infection and can be washed from skin. If it is found in the nose it can be treated with a special ointment.

How does it affect people?

It does not normally affect healthy people, but it may delay the healing process, particularly in sick patients.

How do people catch MRSA?

MRSA lives on dead skin particles, dust, and is found in the environment from time to time. It will do little or no harm unless it invades the body. The spread of MRSA is usually by human contact, mainly by touch (via the hands). This can be limited by thorough hand washing and general cleanliness.

Can it be treated?

Yes, by taking the prescribed ointments and washes. Occasionally, antibiotics may be prescribed when there is infection or risk of infection.

Can MRSA return after treatment?

A person is said to be clear of MRSA when repeated check swabs are negative. However, MRSA can return. If you have previously had MRSA it is advisable to inform nursing or medical staff at pre-admission and on admission to hospital.

Do patients with MRSA have to be isolated?

Patients who are known to have MRSA will be nursed in a side room. Patients who are awaiting swab results will be nursed in a side room as a precaution.

Can the spread of MRSA be minimised?

Healthy people are at very little risk of catching MRSA but they should
wash and dry their hands thoroughly on leaving the ward and use alcohol gel readily available throughout the hospital. Visitors will be asked to wear disposable gloves and aprons only if participating in the nursing care of patients with MRSA, or if they have close contact with more than one patient. Patients with MRSA can help limit the spread of MRSA by remaining in their rooms/by their bed area as much as possible.

Can visitors infect other people?

Not if they follow the advice given in this leaflet. Although MRSA is unlikely to harm children and pregnant women, it is sensible to restrict visits from those who may be vulnerable to any infections, such as the elderly, newborn babies or those recovering from illness. Visitors should wash their hands thoroughly on leaving (this is of particular importance if you are going to visit any other patients). Visitors who are asked to wear disposable gloves and aprons should dispose of them using a yellow clinical waste bag.

Will it delay my discharge?

Not usually. MRSA does not generally cause concern outside the hospital environment. Sometimes the ointments and washes prescribed in hospital may be continued at home. You will be advised on discharge as to any precautions to be taken.

What about washing clothes?

You can wear your own clothes, which should be changed and washed daily. Your family or visitors should take home your worn clothes and night attire. A hot wash is sufficient for the clothes of anyone with MRSA, whether in or out of hospital.
For More Information : http://www.hordercentre.co.uk

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