Cross contamination of MRSA can prove devastating for hospitals and healthcare providers. MRSA is a particularly frightening infection because the bacteria that causes it has developed a resistance to many commonly used antibiotics. This results in difficulties in treatment, and serious risk of cross contamination between staff, visitors and patients. To reduce your risk of infection it is important to practice good hygiene and meticulously clean surfaces that could have been affected. Consider these five steps to ensure your healthcare practice avoids cross contamination.
5 Steps to Preventing MRSA Cross Contamination
- Practice proper hand hygiene. Always dispose of gloves and wash your hands after coming into contact with a patient and before entering a patient’s room. MRSA can be found anywhere, even on your cell phone, so it is important to always make sure your hands are clean before coming into contact with patients. It may even be necessary to perform proper hand hygiene between different procedures on the same patient.
- Use mouth, nose, and eye protection. Superbugs like MRSA can be contracted through mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, and mouth. Always wear nose, mouth and eye protection to protect yourself from splashes of blood and other body fluids and secretions.
- Wear a gown when necessary. Wearing a gown can help prevent contamination of clothing during patient activities that involve body fluids or blood.
- Always wear gloves. Always wear gloves when anticipating contact with blood or other potentially infectious bodily fluids or skin. After contact, promptly and properly dispose of gloves and wash your hands.
- Properly dispose of cleaning gear and equipment. Any gear or equipment that is soiled with blood and other body fluids should be properly disposed of.
What to do When MRSA Cross Contamination Happens
Even when taking steps to prevent it, MRSA cross contamination can happen, so you should be prepared to react in that situation. Aftermath is a bioremediation company that offers professional blood cleanup, biohazard remediation and removal, and communication disease disinfection. Without proper cleanup, you could potentially put yourself, your staff, and your patients at risk. Call us anytime for assistance.