MRSA “Protecting Your Student Athletes” 2008 PASBO Conference – Hershey, PA March 6th, 2008 Presented by: CSG Mid-Atlantic Group 89 S. Village Ave. Exton, PA 19341 Phone: 610-524-8989 Fax: 610-524-4105 Proactive. Proven. Peace-of-Mind
Who we are? CSG/Sports Coatings Mid-Atlantic Group (PA, DE, MD, DC) • Sports industry’s leading provider of antimicrobial products and treatments. • Specializing in antimicrobial coatings for surfaces and textiles commonly found in athletic environments. • Wide array antimicrobial products and treatments used by over 350 high school, college and professional teams as well as youth organizations and schools
The Pros Detroit Lions Cleveland Browns Minnesota Vikings New England Patriots Washington Red Skins Atlanta Hawks Miami Heat Milwaukee Bucks New Jersey Nets Washington Wizards Atlanta Thrashers Nashville Predators Proactive Organizations Utilizing our Technology? NCAA • Swarthmore College • Ohio State University • Stevens Inst. Of Tech • USC • University of Tulsa • Indiana University • University of Illinois • Southwest Missouri State • Virginia Tech • Baylor University High Schools • Emmaus HS • Hawaii Public Schools • Episcopal High School • Alexandria Virginia • Novi High School • Plano ISD • Fairfax County
The Problems? Increased frequency of student athletes acquiring MRSA infections Bacteria are becoming more an more resistant to treatments (“Superbugs”) Cleaning and disinfecting using traditional methods will only get you so far in protecting your student athletes More people die from MRSA infections (18,000) as compared to just over 16,000 from AIDS-related deaths Source: CDC 2005 report
What is MRSA? Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus MRSA is the “resistant strain” of the Staphylococcus Aureus Bacterium frequently living on the skin or in the nose of a healthy person 25%-30% of population colonized with Staph 1 % of population colonized with MRSA
Modes of Transmission Human-to-Human Contact Skin to skin Open wounds Contact with Contaminated Objects/Surfaces Player Protective Equipment Locker room surfaces Weight room surfaces and equipment Playing Surfaces Mats Uniforms, towels and under garments Training Room Equipment/Tables
Prevention Techniques Administrative Controls Health screenings for athletes Personal hygiene awareness campaigns- posters, signs, etc. Evaluating laundering services for students Evaluating cleaning and disinfecting programs Educating our staph and students- signs symptoms, transmission Cleaning and Disinfecting Are we getting to the surfaces and equipment that are a source of transmission? Are the products we use really effective? Is there something more we can be doing?
Is there something more we can be doing? After we have: • Instituted administrative controls • Improved cleaning and disinfecting Now What? Get Proactive!!! • Antimicrobial Protective Systems
What is an Antimicrobial System? • Utilizes a mechanical vs. chemical mode to continually protect your surfaces and athletes • 24/7 protection • Silent protector- airbag analogy • 30 Years of Safe and Effective Use • Buildings • Hospitals, Hospitality, Schools, Offices, Homes • Medical Goods • Clean Room Goods • Athletic Gear • Consumer Garments • Carpet • Building Materials
How does it work? • It is either applied using in-house (laundry additive, squirt bottles, spray equipment, etc.) or professionally applied • The antimicrobial is covalently bound to substrates creating a surface that inhibits bacteria, molds, fungi, algae • Stays intact and active through repeated use and repeated exposure to microbes • Extends functional life of goods by resisting deterioration Covalently Binds to Surfaces Specifically Destroys Microorganisms
Mode of Action • Physical action – no chemistry involved • The cell membrane is attracted to the treated surface and then punctured by the long molecular chain.
Mode of Action (Continued…) • The microorganism is further destroyed physically by electrocution. • Since the antimicrobial is not consumed while destroying the organism, it remains effective and durable.
Technology at Work On Untreated Fabric E. coli bacteria before treatment Staph bacteria before treatment On Treated Fabric E. coli bacteria after treatment Staph bacteria after treatment
Mechanical Mode of Protection • Effective against a very broad spectrum of all known bacteria, mold, fungi and algae • Does not leach chemicals or heavy metals • Will not rub off or seep into skin • Will not create adaptive microorganisms • Colorless, odorless • Registered with the EPA
Contact Information CSG Mid-Atlantic Group Mick Ferry- VP Sales Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 610-524-8989 Fax: 610-524-4105 http://www.csggrp.com