Home Health & Hospice

Q: What are some ways our agency can prevent the spread of MRSA if we have a confirmed case?

Homecare Insider, April 8, 2013

Q: What are some ways our agency can prevent the spread of MRSA if we have a confirmed case?

A: The CDC further recommends preventing the spread of MRSA if you have it. It offers the following tips:

  • Cover your wound. Keep wounds that are draining or that have pus covered with clean, dry bandages until healed. Pus from infected wounds can contain staph, including MRSA, so keeping the infection covered will help prevent its spread. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions on proper care of the wound.
  • Clean your hands. You, your family, and others in close contact should wash their hands ­frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub, especially after changing a bandage or touching an infected wound.
  • Do not share personal items. Avoid sharing items such as towels, washcloths, razors, clothing, or uniforms that may have had contact with an infected wound or bandage. Wash soiled sheets, towels, and clothes with water and laundry detergent. Use a dryer to dry clothes completely.
  • Maintain a clean environment. Establish cleaning procedures for frequently touched surfaces and surfaces that directly contact the skin.

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