December 1, 2015

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How should caregivers treat MRSA patients at home?

The CDC states that healthy caregivers are unlikely to become infected while caring for MRSA patients at home if they do the following:

  • Caregivers should wash their hands with soap and water after physical contact with the infected or colonized person and before leaving the home.
  • Towels used for drying hands after contact should be used only once.
  • Disposable gloves should be worn if contact with body fluids is expected, and hands should be washed after removing the gloves.
  • Linens should be changed and washed on a routine basis, especially if they are soiled.
  • The patient's environment should be cleaned routinely and when soiled with body fluids.
  • Notify doctors and other health-care personnel who provide care for the patient that the patient is colonized or infected with a multidrug-resistant organism. Continue Reading
Reviewed on 2/4/2015