MRSA

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MRSA

What is MRSA?

MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, a common skin bacterium that's resistant to a range of antibiotics. It lives on the skin of one in three people, and is often transferred onto other surfaces. About 1 in 100 are carriers of MRSA, mainly elderly people who have been in hospital. It usually poses little risk to healthy people.

It spreads by:

  • Contact with the skin of an infected person, a carrier or a contaminated surface. The risk of infection increases when people have an open cut, wound or other skin damage and they come into contact with the bacteria. The elderly, very young or the unwell are most at risk, as their immune systems are weakened.

The symptoms are:

  • Boils

  • Sores or itchy blisters

  • If it gets into the blood stream, MRSA can cause blood poisoning and serious illness

Ways to help avoid MRSA:

Hand-washing is the single most important step in preventing the spread of MRSA, especially after contact with an infected person or a carrier.

Cover cuts and grazes with a dressing and use an antiseptic salve to keep the wounds clean.

Don't share towels, facecloths or toothbrushes with an infected person. Keep their clothing, sheets, pillows and linens separate from the rest of the family laundry and wash it at 60ºC using a fabric detergent that contains bleach.

Disinfect cleaning cloths by soaking them in a solution of Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach for added germ protection after each use, especially after use in the immediate area of the patient or their bathroom.

How to air out your mattress

Vacuum both sides about once a month and leave the mattress to air for a few minutes between changing the sheets., Leave a window open to let some fresh air in.

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