MRSA Leaves with Hospital Workers
Posted on September 02 2011
In a recent study, it was concluded that harmful bacteria was found on 60-65% of items worn by Doctors and Nurses to work. MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), a particularly dangerous antibiotic resistant bacteria, was found on 14% of nurses' uniforms. Researchers urge medical care professionals, patients, and staff to take a more comprehensive hygienic focus.
The danger of bacteria like MRSA is the likelihood of contagion, particularly in settings where patient health is already compromised, and the lack of effective treatment options. Cross contamination inside and outside of the medical facility puts all at risk for infection. According to research, daily laundering, regular hand washing, and skin barriers are just the start of a comprehensive containment approach. Additional steps such as sanitizing and utilizing disposable masks, drapes, and gloves can help provide increased protection.
MRSA and other bacteria can be spread through contact with not only individuals, but contaminated objects, as well. Even with regular hygiene practices, bacteria can still remain trapped in clothing and accessories. In a recent study, it was found that the majority of tested hospital staff practiced regular cleansing, and changed clothing and uniforms daily, yet still carried dangerous contaminants on clothing, skin, and accessories.
Researchers, medical professionals, and organizations like the CDC (Center for Disease Control) urge increased awareness and sterilization techniques. Cases of MRSA have increased over tenfold in just two years and continue to plague medical treatment facilities. Community associated infections have mutated and left the hospital settings resulting in additional infections in the healthy population within schools, day cares, colleges, and in the work place. It has been indicated that effective disinfecting can help contain the spread of MRSA and individuals are urged to clean, sanitize, and check for bacterial infections regularly.