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Infection Prevention

MRSA Prevention
Union Hospital strives to meet the best quality of care and education through the prevention of infections in the Wabash Valley. Union Hospital has joined with local and state health officials, and various community partners to provide Wabash Valley communities with the most current MRSA information and the necessary tools to promote hand washing, environmental cleaning, and healthy hygiene
 
Information YOU need to know
MRSA is a type of Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) bacteria that has developed resistance to the antibiotic methicillin and other antibiotics. Staphylococcal infections, including MRSA, can occur among persons with weakened immune systems in healthcare facilities (such as hospitals, nursing homes, and dialysis centers) and in otherwise healthy people who have not been hospitalized or had a medical procedure in the last year, known as community-associated (CA-MRSA).
 
CA-MRSA infections are usually skin infections, such as abscesses, boils, and other pus-filled lesions. Factors that have been associated with the spread of CA-MRSA skin infections include: close skin-to-skin contact, openings in the skin such as cuts or abrasions, contact with contaminated items and surfaces, crowded living conditions, and poor hygiene. MRSA is not a new disease, nor is it specific to any location. Proper prevention at all times is extremely important.
 
Click the links below to read information from the CDC:

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