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Preventing the Spread of MRSA

While you are receiving treatment for a MRSA infection, you are able to pass the bacteria to other people. There are some steps that you can take to help decrease the chances of spreading this infection. Some of these steps include:
  • Covering your wound. Keep wounds that are draining or have pus covered with clean, dry bandages until healed. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions on proper care of the wound. Pus from infected wounds can contain staph, including MRSA, so keeping the infection covered will help prevent spreading the bacteria to others. Bandages and tape can be discarded with the regular trash.
  • Washing your hands. You, your family, and others in close contact should wash hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after changing the bandage or touching the infected wound.
  • Avoiding contact with personal items. Do not share personal items, such as towels, washcloths, razors, clothing, or uniforms, which may have had contact with the infected wound or bandage. Wash soiled sheets, towels, and clothes with water and laundry detergent. Use a dryer to dry clothes completely.
  • Talking to your healthcare providers. Make sure to tell any healthcare provider who treats you that you have or had a staph or MRSA skin infection.
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