Methicillin Resistant Sthaphlococcus Aureus Here since the 1960’s and still going strong! Betty N. Gormley, BSN, RN, CIC Gloucester County Department of Health & Sr. Services What is it? Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that lives on the skin of all people. It lives there with about a dozen other bacteria. They live on dead skin cells and other nutrients that you find on skin. They rarely cause infections. How do you get it? Staphylococcus aureus (staph) is ubiquitous….. It is everywhere. Direct contact with the skin of other people is the easiest way to get staph. What does it do? Usually…….. Nothing. But…. It can cause infections on skin hair follicles It can rarely cause infections in deeper tissue like pneumonia and “blood poisoning” Most of those happen to immune compromised people. What is a carrier? A carrier is someone who has MRSA on their skin, but who does not have an active infection. Can I work if I have MRSA? Workers with open or draining wounds can work if the wound can be covered. How do you control it? MRSA is difficult to control and even more difficult to eradicate. Good personal hygiene Handwashing Personal protective equipment (gloves & sometimes gowns) Environmental cleaning laundry & terminal cleaning How do you treat MRSA MRSA can be treated with antibiological agents that are not derived or related to penicillin. Health Care Providers who are aware of community levels of MRSA are more likely to treat early with appropriate drugs. If a skin infection doesn’t improve on penicillin-like drugs, you need to be reevaluated HOW DO YOU TREAT MRSA At this point it is important to point out that all skin infections are not MRSA It is important to remember that all breaks in the skin do not require antibiotic treatment. In fact, this can be harmful and lead to further resistance. MORE INFORMATION www.cdc.gov www.state.nj.us/health Enter MRSA on the search bar on those pages.