Where is MRSA found and how is it spread?
MRSA can be present in the nose, on the skin, or in the blood or urine. MRSA can spread among other patients who are usually very ill with weakened immune systems that cannot fight off the infection. MRSA is usually spread through physical contact–not through the air. It is usually spread in hospitals on people’s hands. Healthcare workers hands may become contaminated by contact with patients, or surfaces in the workplace, and medical devices that are contaminated with body fluids containing MRSA. How is the transmission of MRSA prevented? The prevention of MRSA infections is based upon standard infection control precautions including: Hand Washing Wash hands immediately after gloves are removed, between patient contacts and between tasks and procedures. Gloving Wear gloves when touching blood, body fluids and contaminated items. Remove gloves between patient contacts and wash hands immediately. Masking Wear a mask and face shield during procedures that are likely to generate splashes