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Managers: protect correctional staff from MRSA.

Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2013-120, 2013 Jan; :1-4
Overview: This fact sheet provides information for managers in correctional settings (including wardens, administrators, risk managers, and supervisors) on how to prevent the spread of MRSA (methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus). Why is it Important to Prevent MRSA? MRSA is a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria. MRSA infections are resistant to treatment by certain antibiotics. Although the infection may start as a mild skin lesion, it can become serious, even fatal. MRSA outbreaks have occurred at several correctional facilities. Two factors contributing to this are the higher prevalence of MRSA among inmates compared to the general public and crowded living conditions. Background on MRSA: MRSA usually spreads by direct contact with infected skin. It can also spread by touching materials or surfaces that had contact with the infection, including the drainage (pus). MRSA lesions are often mistaken for spider bites, pimples, or other minor skin problems. They may start as a bump that is red, swollen, painful, warm to the touch, full of pus, or accompanied by a fever. A healthcare provider should promptly examine skin sores with any of these features among staff or inmates, so they can be diagnosed and treated. This will help keep the infection from getting worse or spreading to other people. Safety Culture: Show your staff you care about MRSA prevention. Require workers to follow all health and safety procedures, and include this in their job performance evaluations. Train employees at hire as well as periodically. Emphasize methods of prevention in staff meetings, in health and safety bulletins, or through other methods of communication, such as posters, websites, or videos.
Skin-diseases; Skin-disorders; Skin-infections; Infection-control; Infectious-diseases; Microorganisms; Bacteria; Bacterial-disease; Bacterial-infections; Prison-workers; Law-enforcement-workers; Correctional-facilities; Administration; Work-environment; Worker-health; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Hand-protection; Sanitation; Management-personnel; Supervisory-personnel; Surveillance-programs
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2013-120; B20130206
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division