MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus)
Union Hospital strives to meet the best quality of care and education through the prevention of infections in the Wabash Valley. As recently publicized, reports of community-acquired methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA, has been a growing concern for many of you.
Union Hospital has joined with local and state health officials, and various community partners to provide Wabash Valley communities with the most current MRSA information and the necessary tools to promote handwashing, environmental cleaning, and healthy hygiene. Please take advantage of these resources and share with your schools, churches, daycares, etc. to help fight the "Super Bug" known as MRSA.
Information YOU need to know
MRSA is a type of Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) bacteria that has developed resistance to the antibiotic methicillin and other antibiotics. Staphylococcal infections, including MRSA, can occur among persons with weakened immune systems in healthcare facilities (such as hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis centers) and in otherwise healthy people who have not been hospitalized or had a medical procedure in the last year, known as community-associated (CA-MRSA).
CA-MRSA infections are usually skin infections, such as abscesses, boils, and other pus-filled lesions. Factors that have been associated with the spread of CA-MRSA skin infections include: close skin-to-skin contact, openings in the skin such as cuts or abrasions, contact with contaminated items and surfaces, crowded living conditions, and poor hygiene.
MRSA is not a new disease, nor is it specific to any location. Proper prevention at all times is extremely important. The following resource material includes information from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other state health departments. This information may be helpful in reducing your risk.
Community facilities should prepare their own policies and procedures regarding the identification of possible staphylococcal infections, the referral of infected persons for healthcare, and the restriction of activities.