ANJIE NOTE: this is an increasing threat to our CHILDREN , I personally know 4 people that have been diagnosed with MRSA.......... one of them is a 10 year old boy that got MRSA after having a bicycle wreck, he has been in the hospital for a month and will get home health care for 2 more months before being allowed to return to school. PLEASE if you suspect MRSA at all, CALL YOUR DOCTOR ASAP...........
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As parents we constantly worry about the safety of our children. Whether playing on the playground, getting on the bus, or running on the soccer field it seems as though we have an emergency kit handy for everything. One hidden danger that has become a growing concern for parents is MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a potentially life-threatening antibiotic resistant Staph infection. MRSA that is increasingly common in community settings, like gyms, locker rooms, childcare centers and schools.
Everly Macario, a mother of two with a doctorate in public health, lost her own young son Simon to MRSA in April 2004. After taking Simon to the emergency room with common cold and flu symptoms, and being released, Simon became lethargic with heavy breathing. They returned to the hospital where Simon was admitted to the ICU. Simon passed away the next day. During his time in the hospital, doctors were unsure of the source of his infection and it was not until months after his death that it was confirmed to be Community-Associated MRSA.
Everly is now committed to helping others understand what MRSA is and how to help prevent its spread, which is why she joined the STOP MRSA Now Coalition, a group of community members who have experienced MRSA first-hand and are standing together to educate others to help prevent the spread of MRSA.
STOPMRSANow.org offers information about MRSA and the STOP MRSA Now Playbook, which includes the following five-point plan, among other critical tips and information:
- scrub up - Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand rub sanitizer.
- Wipe it down - Use a disinfecting bleach solution to wipe down and disinfect hard surfaces. (1 tablespoon of disinfecting bleach diluted in 1 quart of water)
- Cover your cuts - Keep any nicks or wounds covered with a clean, dry bandage until healed.
- Keep to yourself - Do not share personal items, like towels or razors, that come into contact with bare skin.
- Use a barrier - Keep a towel or clothing between skin and shared equipment.