Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a type of bacterium that is resistant to several common antibiotics, is a growing problem in hospitals. A study published in 2005 found that nearly 1% of all hospital stays, accounting for 292,045 cases, were associated with S. aureus infection.
According to the National Institutes of Health, several measures can help to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading MRSA in the hospital:
- Practice good hygiene.
- Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.
- Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages.
- Avoid sharing personal items, such as towels, washcloths, razors, or clothes.
- Soiled sheets, towels, and clothes should be washed in hot water with bleach and dried in a hot dryer.