MRSA

Are you safe?

What is MRSA?

MRSA is shorthand for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Staphylococcus Aureus (also known as Staph) is the most common bacteria found in humans. The reason that Staph has become so dangerous is because it has been so difficult to treat due to a strain of this bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics, hence the methicillin-resistant prefix.

MRSA in Nursing and Care Homes

MRSA is not usually a major issue in nursing and care homes but it can be a problem when a patient or resident is transferred from an NHS hospital and have picked up the infection. NHS patients are at higher than normal risk of picking up infection mainly because patients trend to be older, sicker and weaker than the general population, making them more vulnerable to the infection.

Patients residing at close proximity, who have regular skin contact with the same nursing staff, have a high risk of contracting the infection.

How can MRSA be prevented?

Not only is MRSA spread through skin-to-skin contact, it can also survive and spread through inanimate objects or surfaces such as linens, sinks, floors and mops used for cleaning. For this reason, areas where MRSA patients are nursed should be thoroughly cleaned using the correct cleaning products and techniques.

The essence of infection control is good cleaning practice. Disinfecting and sanitizing agents are very useful in killing germs but unless the surface itself is clean, the disinfection and sanitizing will not be effective.

How do Chemex products and cleaning products help?

Chemex offer a range of cleaners and sanitisers which are widely used in the healthcare and leisure sector to provide effective protection against MRSA.

An important aspect of the Chemex approach to cleaning in these areas is the support offer by members of our network. Cleaning and hygiene control programmes are set up and cleaning and care staff are tutored by trained Chemex experts.

The following products are independently certified as effective against MRSA

ABC Gel, Bacteria X, Bacticlean, Bactiwipes, FAD, Kleenfresh, Kleenfresh Ultra, Optimum C, Powerforce Max, Powerforce Xtra, Powerkleen, Safehands, Safewash, Smokeclean, AntiBak and Chemex Enduro