MRSA spreads lightning fast – Just watch the news
It doesn’t take long find another report of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) appearing in a high school (where is called Community Associated MRSA or CA-MRSA), health facilities (where is called HA-MRSA), nursing homes or even day care. Watching these news reports just drive the question of “How can I prevent MRSA from affecting my family?” While there is no universal solution to catch everything, a couple simple steps can accomplish MRSA Prevention
Practice Good Hygiene
What you learned growing up about keeping your hands clean is the easiest rule to follow… and to forget.
Many people are frustrated by the hand washing technique that uses soap and water because of the recommendation to wash in a lather for 20 seconds. (just wetting your hands and wiping them on your shirt really doesn’t work!).
Unfortunately you can run across MRSA in places where access to soap and water is not that available, like on airplanes, or the grocery store. In these cases you could use a MRSA hand sanitizer spray or MRSA Hand wipes. The advantage of using MRSA Cleaning Wipes is that they are very portable available in either a MRSA Hand Sanitizer Spray or in convenient individual hand sanitizer wipes perfect for use discretely in airports, airplanes or while shopping.
These MRSA sanitizers require less effort than using soap and water which makes them much more convenient for frequent use.
Shared Surface Safety is a term that is becoming more commonly used. Shared Surface Safety means to be aware that MRSA and other transmittable organisms may live on a shared surface (like a door knob, shopping cart handle, or wrestling mat) for much longer than you might think.
Effective MRSA prevention means washing skin when it comes in contact with an shared surface of unknown safety. Some shared surfaces are common sense, sharing towels, or Razors we just wouldn’t think of doing. But we don’t consider that sitting on a chair in a pair of shorts, exposes your legs to a shared surface of unknown safety. The same holds true for elevator buttons, restroom door handles and even the buttons on an ATM.
When in doubt about the safety of a shared surfaces:
- If you will be using the shared surface frequently:
Clean it with a shared surface sanitizer
- If you already touched the surface:
Clean the skin that was in contact with a MRSA wipe
We can all improve MRSA Prevention through an increased awareness of our shared surroundings and practicing good hygiene using MRSA Hand Wipes and Surface wipes.