In Schools. Developed by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and adapted for Georgia. “ Super Bug” Sometimes called a “staph” infection Commonly causes skin infections Resistant to (not killed by) penicillin . What is MRSA (Mur-sa)?. (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus ).
Developed by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and adapted for Georgia.
Sometimes called a “staph” infection
Commonly causes skin infections
Resistant to (not killed by) penicillinWhat is MRSA (Mur-sa)?
(Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
AbscessWhat does MRSA look like?
Source: LA County Health Department
Source: Mark Grubb, MD
A carrier has bacteria living on his/her body surfaces (nose,
arm pits, groin, etc.) but does not have an active infection
Colonized is also used to describe a carrier
Live in crowded conditions
Lack resources to stay clean
Lack access to healthcare
Share sports equipment
Share personal hygiene itemsWho is at High Risk for MRSA?
Overuse antibiotics or take them incorrectly
Have abraded or injured skin
Have severe immune system problems - Cancer, Leukemia, HIVWho is at High Risk for MRSA?
Anyone can get MRSA!
Drain the infection and/or
Prescribe an antibiotic and/or
Reduce the amount of MRSA on the patient’s skinHow is MRSA Treated?
Drainage from skin infections
Surfaces contaminated with MRSAHow does MRSA Spread?
Wash your hands often with warm soapy water, use friction and scrub for 20 seconds
Use 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not availableStop the Spread of MRSA!
Cover open wounds with clean, dry bandages that adhere to skin on all 4 sides
Don’t touch other people’s skin lesionsStop the Spread of MRSA!
Clean & Disinfect frequently all environmental surfaces that may come in direct contact with skinClean & Disinfect to get Rid of MRSA on Surfaces
Team Up with Custodians
Equipment (head gear, weights) that directly touch skin - after each use
Practice surfaces (wrestling mats) - before & after each practice sessionAthletic Directors, Trainers, & Coaches –Team Up
Frequent hand washing & use of 60% alcohol sanitizer when soap & water not available
Showering immediately after practice, competition & matches
Wearing athletic uniforms once, then washing with soap/hot water & drying in a hot dryer
Reporting skin infections to nurse/trainerHelp Families Team Up
Websites your family!
DHR Georgia Division of Public Health:
CDC Hand Hygiene:
CDC CA-MRSA Information: