The article this week headlined, 'New research highlights MRSA hazards for responders,' is a great reminder about the importance of following basic infection control procedures all the time, to limit secondary contamination and prevent bringing infectious and toxic agents back to our fire stations and/or homes.
It also highlights the fact that hazardous exposures don't just occur outside the firehouse.
Many firefighters spend long periods of time together, in close contact (for a workplace), in facilities that are occupied 24 hours/day, 365 days/year. Under these circumstances, cleanliness and personal hygiene are not optional.
Measures firefighter should take to reduce risks of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
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TUSCON, Ariz. — New research, 'Exposure of emergency medical responders to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus,' is the subject of a report.
According to recent research from the United States, "Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections result in 19,000 deaths a year in the United States. Epidemiologic studies have shown that community-acquired infections are increasing dramatically, and strains typical of community infections are increasingly detected in hospital populations."
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