According to a recent study, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is responsible for 19,000 deaths per year.* No longer a problem confined to hospitals and nursing homes, community-acquired MRSA poses a real threat to the public health.
Specialists insist that good hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to stem the spread of this potentially deadly infection since a single hand can carry as many as 200 million bacteria per square inch after using the rest room. Surfaces also carry substantial germs and bacteria. MRSA can live on inanimate surfaces for over 50 days.** Hospital-grade wet wipes sanitize and disinfect hands and surfaces, reducing chances for infection in hospitals or the community.
According to infection control expert Jean Fleming, R.N., MPM, CIC, hand and surface wipes offer an effective and totally portable method of sanitizing and disinfecting hands and surfaces. "Wipes provide a friction action that is one of the easiest and most effective ways of stopping the spread of MRSA and other dangerous infections," says Fleming, who travels around the country to hospitals and community groups explaining the best way to disinfect hands and surfaces.
For more information or to speak with infection control expert, Jean Fleming, R.N. on why MRSA is spreading in schools, athletic organizations and hospitals, and what you can do to prevent it, please contact Barbara Moss at 201-843-5600 or email protected from spam bots.
* Journal of the American Medical Association, "Invasive Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections in the United States," Vol. 298, No. 15, October 17, 2007.
** Journal of Clinical Microbiology, "Survival of Enterococci and Staphylococci on Hospital Fabrics and Plastic," 38: 724-726, February 2000.