Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph (bacteria) that is resistant to antibiotics. Approximately 1 percent of our population is currently colonized with MRSA - meaning they are carrying the bacteria it just hasn't materialized into an active infection.
Anyone can get MRSA. You can get MRSA the same way you can get a cold, such as touching someone or something that has the bacteria on it and then touching your eyes or your nose. MRSA can live on surfaces and objects for months, however it can be killed though proper cleaning methods. The best way to prevent MRSA infections is through good hygiene.
The number of MRSA cases is growing nationally, and to help combat the increase of this bacteria, Randolph Hospital is taking a proactive approach to eliminate the spread of MRSA within the hospital through the following methods: