Staphylococcus aureus is a germ that lives on the skin and mucous membranes of healthy people. Occasionally S. aureus can cause an infection. When S. aureus develops resistance to certain antibiotics, it is called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is spread from person to person through contaminated hands (direct contact) or a contaminated environment (indirect contact).
Providence reports its rates of MRSA on aquarterly basis to help foster transparency and awareness of patient safety. View our rates here.
It’s important that special precautions are taken to stop MRSA from spreading to other patients in the hospital, including:
Your family and visitors may visit. They should not assist other patients with their personal care as this may cause the germ to spread. They will be required to wear a long-sleeved gown and gloves while they care for you. Before leaving your room, visitors must remove the gloves and gown, dispose of them in the garbage container located in your room and then they must clean their hands.
If you have MRSA at the time of discharge from hospital, the chance of spreading the germ to your family is small. Nonetheless, you should practice the following:
SOURCE: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care