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Managers' checklist for protecting 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. 2013-121, 2013 Jan; :1
Safety Culture: Demonstrate to your staff that you support MRSA prevention. Personal Hygiene: Encourage frequent hand washing, and provide soap, water, and individual-use towels; Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer for employees' use when hand washing is not feasible; Keep hand sanitizer in secure locations away from inmates. Environmental Sanitation: Ensure routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces; Use sanitizers on surfaces as needed to reduce germs; Use disinfectants on surfaces contaminated with MRSA; Ensure use of gloves and eye protection as directed by product labels; Ensure gloves are worn when handling soiled or wet laundry. Training: Frequently educate staff and inmates about staph/MRSA and how to avoid infections. Prompt and Appropriate Medical Care: Consider waiving inmate sick call fees for skin sores; Promptly refer inmates with skin sores to medical services; Ensure that facility healthcare providers follow recommended treatment protocols; Refer employees with skin symptoms to their personal physician or the department's physician. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Provide and encourage the proper use of PPE, especially gloves. No Sharing of Personal Items: Instruct staff not to share items such as uniforms, clothing, towels, or water bottles; Instruct inmates not to share towels, washcloths, clothing, bars of soap, or razors.
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; Safety-climate; Safety-education; Surveillance-programs
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2013-121; B20130206
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Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division