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Friday, October 19, 2007

MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

The following is an e-mail which Mrs. Ludwig received. The body of the e-mail concerns practical suggestions we can all take. The links provide very detailed information for those who wish to explore the subject in more depth.

Good afternoon,
This e-mail is in response to numerous calls received regarding the renewed concerns about MRSA. The CDC recommendations regarding MRSA have not changed. Last year, October 19, 2006, Dr. Morton sent a letter to all superintendents and lead nurses regarding MRSA along with enclosures from the CDC. We re-faxed that same memorandum this morning to your superintendents.

I would suggest that each of you reinforce the importance of hand washing and hygiene with both students, and parents. Schools should not only focus on hand washing before mealtime and after toileting, but should also encourage children to wash their hands after recess and sporting events.

Students, coaches and athletes should be encouraged to thoroughly cleanse after workouts and contact with other players; this is their primary defense. Athletic equipment, uniforms, and other athletic clothing can become a breeding ground for bacteria and should be cleaned on routine basis without compromising its integrity. Any open wound needs to be cleaned and covered with a bandage that attaches to the skin on all sides. Students should never share or borrow towels, razors, soap, or any other personal items.

The following links will give you direct access the CDC recommendations specific to MRSA. Hope this information helps and please feel free to call with questions or concerns.

Community-Associated Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA)
Community-Associated MRSA Information for the Public
Community-Associated MRSA Information for Clinicians
What is CDC doing about MRSA?

Sherry Marbury, RN, BSN, CCRC
State School Nurse Consultant
Alabama Department of Education
5201 Gordon Persons Building
P. O. Box 302101
Montgomery, AL 36130-2101
Phone: (334) 242-8199
Fax: (334) 353-8779

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