How to Stop Infections Like MRSA In Its Tracks – Hospitals & Medical Facilities

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) has been a prevalent problem in hospitals and medical facilities. MRSA bacteria can resist the effects of many commonly used antibiotics which makes it difficult to treat. It spreads from skin to skin contact and by touching the contaminated object. An MRSA skin infection looks like a pimple, boil, or may resemble a spider bite. It may appear red and swollen and may also be filled with pus. It occurs mostly in places where the skin is broken by cuts or scrapes. MRSA can be controlled from spreading by taking some basic precautionary measures. The following precautionary measures should control the spread most of the cases:

Hand Hygiene

Even when gloves are not worn, proper hand hygiene measures should be practiced. The moment gloves are taken off appropriate hand hygiene should be ensured between subsequent patient contacts for preventing the spread of MRSA.

Wearing Gloves

When it is anticipated that there can be contact with blood and other infectious elements, mucous membranes etc. then in such situation gloves should be used without fail. A pair of clean nonsterile gloves will serve the purpose. The gloves should be removed after contact with the patients and the surrounding environment using a proper technique to avoid hand contamination. It should be ensured that the same pair of gloves should not be used for different patients.

Mouth, Nose, and Eye Protection

Personal protection equipment (PPE) should be used to cover and protect the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, and eyes during carrying out procedures and patient care activities. Greater care should be taken while performing patient care activities that are likely to generate splashes of blood, body fluids, secretions, and excretions. The PPE should be selected according to the need, based on the type of patient care activities to be carried out.

Suitable Handling of Patient Care Equipment

Appropriate handling of patient care equipment is important for stopping MRSA. Patient care equipment which is soiled with blood, body fluids, and excretions should be carefully handled. Such contaminated patient care equipment should not be used for care and treatment of other patients unless they have been appropriately sterilized and cleaned. Single-Use patient care equipment should be discarded after use. Surfaces and items which are in close proximity or contact to the patients like the bed rails, bed tables, doorknobs etc. which are likely to be contaminated by pathogens should be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly to prevent spreading of MRSA.

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