Finally in the news this week is a look at the MRSA bacteria and how we can do more to stop it’s spread through thorough and proper cleaning. An article over at Reuters.com shows that sometimes that’s easier said than done at least for many households with an infected family member.

Nurses and Other Home Health Workers Beware

Digital satellite television remote control on white backgroundThe caution here for nurses and other home caregivers who might be visiting these homes is that when we pick up an infectious substance in one location and transport it to another location, we become the vector for further infection, spreading it throughout our communities and even to our own homes.

Based on a study by Dr. Stephanie A. Fritz from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MRSA bacteria were commonly found on household objects and linens when there was an infected child in the home. These objects included sheets and towels, the television remote controls, telephones and more.

MRSA Infections Return, But From Where?

We know that soft tissue infections often return and if was unknown whether these were based on hospital acquired infections taken home or vice versa. Now we know that there are known reservoirs for these illnesses right in most homes.

What we don’t know is were they the source of the original infection or were they infected by the individual after catching it elsewhere. Either way, from a nursing standpoint, we can no longer stand by and take this lightly. Nurses, especially those in home health care need to make sure we are cleaning off our tools and equipment between visits since we may be carrying MRSA from one patient home to the next without even knowing it.

Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Enterovirus D68 Respiratory Illness Overview for Nurses and Episode 313.

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