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What is MRSA?

MRSA is short for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Staphylococcus Aureus is a common bacteria found on the skin of many people. MRSA is a type of Staphylococcus Aureus that has become resistant to many of the commonly used antibiotics. MRSA does not always cause infection and can be washed from skin. If it is found in the nose it can be treated with a special ointment.

How does it affect people?

It does not normally affect healthy people, but it may delay the healing process, particularly in sick patients.

How do people catch MRSA?

MRSA lives on dead skin particles, dust, and is found in the environment from time to time. It will do little or no harm unless it invades the body. The spread of MRSA is usually by human contact, mainly by touch (via the hands). This can be limited by thorough hand washing and general cleanliness.

How do hospitals screen for MRSA?

Swabs are taken by the nursing staff of the most common areas of carriage; nose, throat, groin and any open wound.

Infection control

We recognise the importance of managing infections by observing strict guidelines designed to control and reduce infection rates as set out by the Government including screening all patients for MRSA prior to surgery and exceptional levels of cleanliness and hand hygiene. Equally, we understand that the well-being of our patients is greatly improved if they can be reassured that our hospital is dedicated to creating the optimum conditions to avert incidences of risk of infection.

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