Infection control specialist, Cairn Care, has launched a fact sheet on MRSA for care homes.
Whilst MRSA bacteria can live harmlessly on the skin or in the nose, it can lead to infections when it gets through the skin via a wound or a device such as a catheter. These infections can range from mild skin infections such as boils and skin abscesses, through to very serious illnesses like pneumonia and septicaemia.
As Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus has become resistant to Meticillin and other antibiotics, it can prove very difficult to treat. As a result, it is important to take basic precautions with any care home residents that have MRSA.
To help care homes do this, Cairn Care’s free factsheet includes 12 tips for effective infection control of MRSA, a visual handwashing guide and other useful advice.
Dr Peter Binns, managing director of Cairn Care says: “The launch of our free guide on MRSA is particularly timely given the findings of a recent study which showed that MRSA is widespread in our community. This is contrary to the common belief that most outbreaks and transmissions occur in hospital.
“In fact, researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine identified 173 separate infection clusters in a 12-month period in the East of England alone. This shows that care homes should not be complacent when it comes to managing the spread of this particular bacteria.”
To request your free MRSA fact sheet ‘Caring for residents with MRSA in your care home’ email firstname.lastname@example.org.