Hospital staff are required to thoroughly wash and dry their hands before and after seeing a patient. Many hospitals now use fast-acting, special
antiseptic solutions, like alcohol rubs or gels - you may see dispensers placed by patients' beds and at the entrance to clinical areas for staff and visitors to use.
Hospitals also advise all visitors to wash their hands thoroughly before they visit and before they return home.
Staff should wear disposable gloves when they have physical contact with open wounds, for example when changing dressings, handling needles or inserting an
Many hospitals now screen patients for MRSA on admission in order to prevent the infection spreading.
Hospital staff are required to maintain very high standards of hygiene. If equipment and wards are not properly cleaned there is a possibility of a contaminated environment helping to spread the infection. It's possible for MRSA to be present on cutlery and plates, so cutlery and crockery should be washed using hot soapy water to remove the
bacteria after every use. There is a small risk of contracting MRSA through contact with sheets and curtains so these should be washed regularly on a hot setting.
Often, patients with MRSA are treated in private rooms to prevent infection spreading to other patients.
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