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) penicillin
(Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
Source: LA County Health Department
Source: Mark Grubb, MD
What does “MRSA Carrier” Mean?
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 items
Overuse antibiotics or take them incorrectly
Have abraded or injured skin
Have severe immune system problems - Cancer, Leukemia, HIV
Anyone can get MRSA!
By a healthcare provider who may:
Drain the infection and/or
Prescribe an antibiotic and/or
Reduce the amount of MRSA on the patient’s skin
Through contact with
Drainage from skin infections
Surfaces contaminated with MRSA
Hand washing is the most important way to prevent MRSA
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 available
Report potential skin infections to the school nurse
Cover open wounds with clean, dry bandages that adhere to skin on all 4 sides
Don’t touch other people’s skin lesions
MRSA can stay on environmental surfaces for weeks!
Clean & Disinfect frequently all environmental surfaces that may come in direct contact with skin
Teachers & Administrative Staff –
Team Up with Custodians
Clean & Disinfect
Equipment (head gear, weights) that directly touch skin - after each use
Practice surfaces (wrestling mats) - before & after each practice session
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/trainer
Protecting students from infections helps protect you …and your family!
DHR Georgia Division of Public Health:
CDC Hand Hygiene:
CDC CA-MRSA Information: