Staph Infections

Anywhere from 3-10% of all patients will go home from the hospital with a staph infection of some kind. The most common are MRSA (pronounced “mur-SAH”), VRE and CRKP, also known as “Superbugs.” Superbug germs thrive on any surface — skin, fabric (hospital uniforms and drapes!), hospital furniture, medical instruments, doorknobs, elevator buttons and equipment. They spread easily!

Most Superbug infections are picked up in a hospital, other health care facility, or nursing home. Surprisingly, most cases are discovered after a hospital stay.  Patients with open wounds, invasive devices like a ventilator or catheter, and weakened immune systems are at greatest risk, especially those 65 and older.

Superbug infections are dangerous because they’re not easy to cure. Usually, they require very strong drugs, and sometimes even a “cocktail” of different types.

The good news is that you can help prevent a Superbug infection by following this simple checklist.

The #1 way to prevent an infection is thorough hand washing! No one should ever touch a patient without washing their hands first — and making sure NOT to touch anything between the soap and the patient!

Learn more about other kinds of common infections, hospital hazards — and how to prevent them with CampaignZERO checklists!

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