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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.


“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)


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


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)


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


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?


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?


Who Gets MRSA

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

How is MRSA Treated?


Through contact with

Skin infections

Drainage from skin infections

Surfaces contaminated with MRSA

How does MRSA Spread?


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!


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!


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


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


Teachers & Administrative Staff –

Team Up with Custodians

  • Clean & Disinfect

    • Keyboards

    • Phones

    • Desktops, lunch tables

    • Doorknobs, light switches


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


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


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


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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