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Stop MRSA Now


Recently, I was asked by Mom Central to do a review about MRSA Now. So I proceeded to check out their website and found a lot of useful information!

In the past few years there has been a lot of talk about MRSA. It has been around for a while and no one knew it existed. Working in a nursing home for years, I’ve seen it first hand. From wounds that never heal to much more serious issues. This is one topic everyone should learn about.

MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a type of Staph bacteria found on the skin and in the nose that is resistant to antibiotics. More than 90,000 Americans get potentially deadly MRSA infections every year and in 2005, nearly 19,000 Americans died from MRSA infections. More deaths are linked to MRSA infections than AIDS.

There are two known types of MRSA:
Healthcare-Associated (HA-MRSA), which occurs in hospitals and nursing homes
Community-Associated (CA-MRSA), which has recently begun to spread in public settings like gyms, locker rooms, households and schools.

People can carry MRSA and not have any symptoms. They can also easily transmit this bacteria to others.

How is it spread?
*Skin-to-skin Contact
*By touching Contaminated Items
**Easily spread in close quarters

What are some Symptoms?
*Skin Infections:
Pimples, rashes, abscesses, boils, or what looks like a spider bite
*These are usually warm, red, painful or swollen
*Does NOT heal itself

Use these Precautions to stop the spread of MRSA:
Scrub up – Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds – the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice – or use an alcohol-based hand rub sanitizer.

Wipe it down – Use a disinfecting bleach solution to wipe down and disinfect hard surfaces. Make sure to use clean cloths to avoid spreading MRSA from one surface to another. (1 tablespoon of disinfecting bleach diluted in 1 quart of water)

Cover your cuts – Keep any nicks or wounds covered with a clean, dry bandage until healed.

Keep to yourself – Do not share personal items, like towels or razors, that come into contact with bare skin.

Use a barrier – Keep a towel or clothing between skin and shared equipment.

Hit the showers – Athletes and coaches participating in sports involving close contact, such as wrestling and football, should shower immediately after each practice, game or match.

Don’t play dirty – Athletes should wash all athletic clothing after each use

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Where are the Highest Risks for Contracting MRSA?
*Hospitals
*Nursing Homes
*Medical Centers
*Childcare Centers
*Schools- locker rooms,gyms
*Athletes who play close-contact sports, such as wrestling and football, are also at an increased risk of contracting and spreading MRSA. In fact, MRSA infection rates are higher among football players than among other athletes. A total of 517 out of every 100,000 football players contracted MRSA from 2003 to 2005 as opposed to the overall national rate of 32 per 100,000 people.

What is the Stop MRSA Now Coalition?
*People across the country who experienced first-hand the threat of MRSA, along with MRSA experts, joined forces to launch STOP MRSA Now, a coalition committed to educating others about MRSA and helping reduce the spread of the infection in community settings, by providing educational materials to their communities, distributing a national public service announcement and offering an opportunity for community members to have questions about MRSA answered.

Click here to learn more about their personal experiences with MRSA.

Click here to watch the public service announcement.

Now what:
*Join the Coalition– Stop MRSA Now

Working together, we can make a difference.

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October 24, 2008 - Posted by | MRSA, review |

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