Thursday, February 19, 2009

MRSA-Super Bug

What is MRSA?

MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph infection that is resistant to methicillin and other commonly used antibiotics in the same class, including penicillin, amoxicillin, and oxacillin.

Who is at risk for community-associated MRSA?

Outbreaks have been reported among athletes, prisoners, and military recruits; risk factors include sharing close quarters and personal hygiene products like razors or towels. Infections are increasingly being seen in the general community and have been reported in schools, gyms, and even day care centers.

While health-care-associated MRSA infections more typically occur among the elderly, the average age of a person with a community-associated infection is 23, according to one study.

What can janitors, Janitorial Contractors, Operational Managers do for a facility which they take care of?

1: Encourage everyone to wash their hands frequently. The best way to prevent any germ causing sickness is to wash hands frequently.

So, make sure that your facility has ample soap in the restroom and other washing locations, such as kitchen and other sink locations and make sure to have clean paper towels to dry their hands.

Some gyms, and other athlectic sporting areas are providing disinfectant wipes or disinfectant aerosol sprayers for clients and employees to use.

Some of these items should be cleaned with a disinfectant cleaner on a daily basis.
Restrooms, phones, athlectic equipment, tools that are constantly handled by many individuals during the day should be wiped with disinfectant cleaners. (Note: Do not spay any liquild disinfectant cleaning solution directly onto any electrical electronic equipment such as telephones, computers, etc.). Spray on a towel and wipe equipment.

Toys and playground equipment that children play with should be sanitized daily. If a sanitizer is used, this does not have to be wiped off. If a disinfectant is used, leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, then wipe off with a clean towel (if aerosol disinfectant is used, do not need to wipe off).

2: Your janitorial crew must be well educated about the proper procedure in cleaning restrooms, kitchen, dining and other areas that needs sanitizing or disinfecting. Please refer to our "Restroom Cleaning Page " for proper restroom cleaning procedure.

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