Dangers of Exposure and How to Prevent MRSA
MRSA is a type of bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotics. Learn about the dangers of MRSA, how to prevent MRSA, and how to avoid legal action.
While only 2% of people carry the MRSA virus, it’s easy for them to spread to others around them. These 3.3 million individuals aren’t just more susceptible to health problems, but they can transfer the bacterium to surfaces via contact with their blood or saliva. Luckily, MRSA prevention is easier than ever before with professional-quality cleaning supplies. Read on for some insight on the dangers of MRSA and how you can prevent people from becoming sick.
What Is MRSA?
‘MRSA’ is an abbreviation for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. At the most basic level, MRSA is a bacterium that causes infections. You may have heard of it as a staph infection, but it’s more difficult to eliminate than other staph strains. This is because it can withstand common antibiotics and is more difficult to eliminate from surfaces.
This bacterium is primarily spread via contact with cuts, scrapes, and other openings into the bloodstream. It can be found in virtually any location including schools, public parks, gym or pool locker rooms, hospitals, and prisons. MRSA can infect multiple parts of the body. The effect that it has on the infected individual is different based on the location that it comes into contact with.
The most common outcomes are skin issues like sores and boils, but it can also cause bigger problems when it comes into contact with certain parts of the body (such as the lungs).
The Dangers of MRSA: What You Need to Know
MRSA isn’t a sickness that you want to mess with. According to a University of Florida study, those with MRSA on their skin have twice as high a mortality rate as those who do not have MRSA on them. In the context of the study, this means that they are twice as likely to die within the next 10 years. But why is this? What are the risks of MRSA even when the outcome isn’t life-threatening?
As we brushed on before, skin problems are the most common risk associated with MRSA. These issues generally are noticeable when a bump forms on the skin. This bump can be anywhere on the body- it will not always be the exact location that had initial contact with the MRSA. These bumps are almost always swollen, warm, painful, and inflamed.
They often are also pus-filled. Many people also note that these skin problems come with a fever. This problem may initially be short-term, but it can lead to other serious long-term issues. The tissue surrounding the legion may die and progress to cellulitis. In children, it also may cause scalded skin syndrome, so it’s critical to be even safer in MRSA prevention in areas that may have children about.
Blood infections often result from MRSA, though some of them take worse forms than others. Septic shock and bacteremia are some of the worst. They can cause symptoms like low blood pressure, infrequent urination, and altered mental status. Blood infections are especially harmful because they can cause respiratory distress and harm to the kidneys. These long-term problems can ultimately lead to fatalities.
Respiratory distress can come as a result of blood infections, but it can also come in other forms. MRSA can also cause problems in the lungs such as pneumonia and lung abscesses. Respiratory illnesses can arise from the same type of contact as skin problems. Those with weaker respiratory and immune systems are generally more susceptible to them, however.
Pneumonia symptoms almost always include breath shortness, coughing, fever, chills, and rapid breathing. Many people also report nausea, vomiting, and confusion. Lung abscess has similar symptoms but also includes chronic weight loss, fatigue, and shivering. This is in addition to all of the pneumonia symptoms.
While bloodstream and respiratory issues can ultimately lead to heart problems, MRSA can also directly settle onto the heart. The condition it causes is called ‘endocarditis,’ which causes high fevers between 104-104 degrees. Symptoms of endocarditis include joint aches, faster-than-normal heart rate, chills, fatigue, bad cough, and swelling in the limbs or abdomen. Note that lung and heart problems are the most deadly of MRSA-related issues.
Steps to Prevent MRSA
As you can see, MRSA can cause serious long-term medical issues. Luckily, there are preventative measures that you can take to keep any space free of MRSA bacteria. The first is to simply encourage people to have good hygiene.
Always wash hands thoroughly with alcohol-based soaps to prevent skin-to-skin transition. Cover cuts after cleaning them with alcohol to contain the wound and prevent the spread of bacteria. You also should ensure that no one touches other people’s bandages, wounds, or razors. All shared surfaces must be wiped down immediately after use.
However, because MRSA is stubborn and resistant to antibacterial cleaners, you also will need to enlist biohazardous cleaning specialists to keep your area clean. These individuals have the expert training, tools, and cleaners to make sure that even the dirtiest of spaces are free of MRSA. While they are able to clean crime scenes, surgical wards, and drug labs, Spaulding Defcon’s experts are happy to decontaminate any area thoroughly.
These locations may include schools, hospitals, commercial stores, and office buildings. Some people may even ask for residential area cleaning before or after large gatherings. Don’t allow the risk of MRSA to turn into a reality. Make sure that you’re safe rather than sorry.
Keep Your Space Sanitary and Safe
While there are many dangerous bacteria out there that can cause skin, bloodstream, and respiratory issues, MRSA is one of the most common. It’s also one of the most persistent and difficult to clean. Our experts are committed to ensuring that your space is thoroughly clean and that your employees, guests, and other visitors are kept safe from the dangers of MRSA. Call us to discuss our disinfection and decontamination services for medical, commercial, and residential buildings.
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