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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a common bacterium, and in most infections, it does not harm the colonized person. MRSA is easily spread through direct contact or by leaving the bacteria on commonly shared surfaces. In this blog, we’ll dive into the impact of MRSA in medical settings and how you can reduce the risk of its spread in hospital facilities.

What is MRSA?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), MRSA is a cause of staph infection that is difficult to treat because of resistance to some antibiotics. Staphylococcus aureus (staph) is a type of bacteria found on people’s skin. Common spots for MRSA include the nose, back of the throat, armpits, skin folds of the groin, and wounds.

While staph bacteria are normally harmless, they can cause serious infections that lead to sepsis or even death. Staph infections (including those caused by MRSA) can spread in hospitals, healthcare facilities, and other parts of the community. Stopping the spread of MRSA is essential, and it all comes down to properly sanitizing your facility.

What Happens If MRSA Spreads in Hospitals?

MRSA can cause severe problems in healthcare settings — i.e., hospitals or nursing homes — if it spreads. These issues include bloodstream infections, pneumonia, surgical site infections, sepsis, and death. MRSA normally spreads through direct contact with an infected wound or contaminated hands and surfaces. For example, if a healthcare provider is treating an individual with MRSA and does not properly wash their hands, discard supplies, or clean the surfaces of the treatment room, then there is a risk that others in the facility could become infected.

What’s even more important to know is that MRSA colonization rates are higher among hospital patients than they are in the general population. In fact, the CDC estimates that roughly 5 percent of inpatients carry MRSA. This study found that up to 13 percent of ICU patients are MRSA carriers on admission.

While the individual may never know they are colonized with MRSA, they will transmit it to others with a single sneeze or wipe of the nose. Everything from wounds, burns, surgical sites, feeding tubes, IV drips, ventilators, catheters, and intravenous medications make a person susceptible to a MRSA infection.

How to Prevent MRSA Spreads

If you want to beat MRSA, stop infections before they start. This includes educating both your patients and your healthcare providers about how MRSA spreads, implementing proper handwashing protocol and glove use, and employing proper cleaning and disinfecting routines in between patients.

PureLine’s Pure 100 Disinfectant and Odor Remover is EPA approved for hospital use. It’s ideal for everyday disinfection for patient rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, quick clean-ups, spot treatment, and everything in between. It kills bacteria and viruses while also eliminating odor in homes, offices, healthcare facilities, and other environments. With Pure 100, you can feel confident that you are protecting patients, healthcare personnel, and visitors from MRSA colonization. Click here learn more about PureLine’s healthcare applications or visit here for more information about Pure 100.

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