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Working in a CMS? Know the Facts About Community Associated MRSA (CA-MRSA). Facts, not Fiction. Correct information is essential because knowledge eliminates speculation. CA-MRSA – What Is It?. Community Associated- Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus is caused by Staph bacteria

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facts not fiction

Facts, not Fiction

Correct information is essential because

knowledge eliminates speculation.

ca mrsa what is it
CA-MRSA – What Is It?
  • Community Associated- Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus is caused by Staph bacteria
  • Staph bacteria are commonly found in the nose and on the skin
  • Staph is normally harmless but can cause infections on the skin and in other parts of body
  • CA-MRSA is a type of Staph infection that is resistant to some antibiotics like Penicillin
how do you get ca mrsa
How Do You Get CA-MRSA?
  • Sometimes when bacteria enters the skin through a cut or scrape
  • Sometimes by close skin to skin contact with an infected person’s wound
  • Sometimes by sharing sports equipment or personal items such as towels or razors
  • By not cleaning a cut or scrape properly
  • Overuse of antibiotics or not finishing prescribed antibiotics
what does ca mrsa look like
What Does CA-MRSA Look Like?
  • Usually a skin infection that looks like pustules or boils. Can also look like a pimple or “spider bite.”
  • Usually red, painful, and swollen and sometime contains pus.
  • Usually occurs at the site of a cut, scrape or “break in the skin”.
how is it treated
How Is It Treated?

Healthcare providers :

  • Culture to find out if it is CA-MRSA
  • Drain and clean the infection and/or
  • Give antibiotics (in certain cases antibiotics may not be used)
  • Cover the wound with a secure bandage on all four sides if it is draining
proper wound care
Proper Wound Care

If you have an infection you should:

  • CLEAN the wound daily with soap and water
  • COVER with a dry, secure bandage after cleaning
  • FINISH all prescribed antibiotics
  • AVOID sharing personal items at school or at home
exclude from school or sports
Exclude from School or Sports?
  • Unless directed by a physician, students and staff with CA-MRSA should not be excluded from attending school or work.
  • It is not required, but is our practice, to inform the school community about confirmed

CA-MRSA.

  • If an athlete has an infection with drainage they should be excluded from participation until the wound is dry with no further drainage.
prevention
Wash hands often with warm soap and water

Clean all cuts and scrapes well with soap and water

Cover wounds with dry bandage until healed

Report suspicious skin sores to a parent, school nurse and/or doctor

Do not share personal items such as towels, clothing, or razors

Shower after physical activity

Wash athletic clothing after use

Clean and disinfect shared athletic equipment after use

Athletes must securely cover with a bandage any skin lesion before potential physical contact

Athletic and Physical education departments show CA-MRSA video to ALL ATHLETES

Prevention
practical advice for teachers athletic staff
Practical Advice for Teachers/Athletic Staff
  • Refer any student with a pustular skin rash or any open draining wounds to the school nurse.
  • Enforce good hand washing with soap and water. This is the single best measure to help prevent the spread of any communicable disease.
  • Coaches should ensure athletes wash their hands, cover any wounds, and not share any personal items and towels.
guidelines
Guidelines
  • Maintain confidentiality by not discussing health issues of students or staff with other students or staff
  • No form of quarantine is necessary
  • Routine but thorough environmental cleaning is sufficient in most cases. (CMS uses EPA registered products). Weight rooms and equipment should be cleaned more frequently.
more information
More Information
  • Your School Nurse
  • Mecklenburg County Health Department

web site www.meckhealth.org

CMS website www.cms.k12.nc.us

CDC website www.cdc.gov

This presentation is a collaborative effort between the Mecklenburg County Health Department and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools