Football season has begun, and teams are gearing up for games from Texas to North Dakota. But in both those states, high schools have had to suspend athletics events due to MRSA (methicillin resistant Staph. aureus) outbreaks among the student players, and they probably won’t be the last schools to have this kind of scare. We hear about these types of infections and their frightening consequences far too often, even in famous NFL teams.
What should you know if you have a child playing sports? Following these simple steps will help keep your child clear of MRSA in the school athletics arena:
1. What is MRSA?
Commonly called “staph”, or Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, it is resistant to a common antibiotic (methicillin). When it causes a skin infection, the antibiotic resistance makes it difficult to treat. It’s considered a superbug that can cause life-threatening illness, and is carried by about 2% of the population. It normally would live harmlessly on our skin or nose, but has been showing up in oceans, on hospital scrubs, and is plaguing hospitals.
2. Why are football players prone to it?
Locker rooms, sweaty athletic gear and gym bags are the perfect environment for MRSA to thrive. If one player develops an infection, it can spread quickly in a contact sports environment.
3. What can parents do?
Encourage your school district to have a monthly or more frequent deep-cleaning schedule for athletics areas, and wash your own children’s gear and bags weekly. Remind your student athlete to shower thoroughly after practices and games and tell them to let you know if they have a scratch or scrape that is worsening and/or won’t heal.
Unfortunately for healthcare providers and hospital patients, MRSA can be much more difficult to control in the hospital environment. It lingers in rooms where patients are treated, on surfaces throughout the hospital, and even on employees’ scrubs, ties, and lanyards.
Hospitals can prevent patients from contracting MRSA infections by destroying the MRSA in the environment before it makes people sick. Disinfecting surfaces thoroughly with Xenex Germ-Zapping Robots has been proven in peer-reviewed studies to lower facility-wide MRSA infection rates and the rates of other types of infections.
We stand behind our robot, because we’ve seen the evidence time and again that MRSA is no match for a Xenex robot. Is your school or hospital having a MRSA problem? Give us a call or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We know how to get rid of MRSA. We’ve done it before and we’ll do it again.
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