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Guide to MRSA for Healthcare Workers

What do the St. Louis Rams, Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers have in common? Hint: It has nothing to do with football.

The answer is MRSA: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, an infection control nightmare that all healthcare workers need to know about, not just those in the hospital setting where the bacteria commonly called “staph” infects 300,000 patients a year.

MRSA, particularly CA-MRSA, or “community associated” MRSA, the strain that is wreaking havoc among athletic teams and other persons who have not been recently hospitalized or had a medical procedure, is creating a health hazard in many countries, dwarfing the threat posed by the H5N1 avian flu. Athletes are particularly vulnerable, with outbreaks blamed on close personal contact, crowded conditions and poor hygiene.

This white paper answers many questions healthcare workers have about MRSA: What exactly is it? How is it transmitted? What types of patients have MRSA and how should they be treated? What can healthcare workers do to protect themselves? And what should practices do when healthcare workers do become infected with MRSA? Get the answers in Quality America's Guide to MRSA for Healthcare.

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