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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 ).

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In Schools

Developed by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and adapted for Georgia.


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“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)


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Spider bite

Turf burn

Impetigo

Boil

Abscess

What does MRSA look like?

Source: LA County Health Department

Source: Mark Grubb, MD

Source: CDC

Source: CDC

Source: CDC


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How do you get MRSA?

  • Skin to Skin Contact

    • Touching skin infections

    • Touching drainage from skin infections

  • Surface to Skin Contact

    • Touching unclean sports equipment, keyboards, phones, desktops, doorknobs.

    • Sharing personal hygiene items (skin ointments, razors, bar soap, towels)


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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


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People who

Live in crowded conditions

Lack resources to stay clean

Lack access to healthcare

Share sports equipment

Share personal hygiene items

Who is at High Risk for MRSA?


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People who

Overuse antibiotics or take them incorrectly

Have abraded or injured skin

Have severe immune system problems - Cancer, Leukemia, HIV

Who is at High Risk for MRSA?


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Who Gets MRSA

Anyone can get MRSA!


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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

How is MRSA Treated?


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Through contact with

Skin infections

Drainage from skin infections

Surfaces contaminated with MRSA

How does MRSA Spread?


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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

Stop the Spread of MRSA!


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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

Stop the Spread of MRSA!


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Clean & Disinfect to get Rid of MRSA on Surfaces

  • Cleaning gets rid of the dirt you can see

    • Soap & water is a good cleaning solution

  • Disinfecting gets rid of most of the germs

    • Follow manufactures guidelines for disinfectants

    • Establish routine cleaning schedules


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MRSA can stay on environmental surfaces for weeks!

Clean & Disinfect frequently all environmental surfaces that may come in direct contact with skin

Clean & Disinfect to get Rid of MRSA on Surfaces


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Teachers & Administrative Staff –

Team Up with Custodians

  • Clean & Disinfect

    • Keyboards

    • Phones

    • Desktops, lunch tables

    • Doorknobs, light switches


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Clean & Disinfect

Equipment (head gear, weights) that directly touch skin - after each use

Practice surfaces (wrestling mats) - before & after each practice session

Athletic Directors, Trainers, & Coaches –Team Up


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Encourage

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

Help Families Team Up


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Protecting students from infections helps protect you …and your family!


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Websites

DHR Georgia Division of Public Health:

www.health.state.ga.us

CDC Hand Hygiene:

cdc.gov/handhygiene/

CDC CA-MRSA Information:

cdc.gov/ncidod/hip/Aresist/ca_mrsa.htm


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