Skin & wound infections
What is MRSA?
MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, a common skin bacteria that's resistant to a range of antibiotics. It lives on the skin of one in three people, and is often transferred on to other surfaces. About 1 in 100 carry MRSA, mainly elderly people who have been in hospital. It usually poses little risk to healthy people.
It spreads by:
Contact with the skin of an infected person or carrier or a contaminated surface. The risk of infection increases when people have a cut, wound or other skin damage. The elderly, very young or the unwell are most at risk, as their immune systems are weakened.
The symptoms are:
Sores or itchy blisters
If it gets into the blood stream, MRSA can cause blood poisoning and serious illness
How to avoid MRSA:
Hand-washing is the single most important step in preventing the spread of MRSA, especially after contact with an infected person or carrier.
Cover cuts and grazes with a dressing using antiseptic.
Don't share towels, facecloths or toothbrushes with an infected person. Keep their clothing, sheets, pillows and linens separate from the rest of the family laundry and wash it at 60ºC using a fabric detergent that contains bleach.
Disinfect cleaning cloths by soaking in a solution of Domestos Extended Germ-Kill after each use, especially after use in the immediate area of the patient or their bathroom.
How to air your mattress
Vacuum both sides about once a month and leave it to air for a few minutes between changing the sheets. Ideally open a window to let some fresh air in.