Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) | Prevention

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How can I keep from getting MRSA?

Good hygiene is the best defense against MRSA and other bacterial infections.

  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • If you have any cuts or scrapes, keep them clean and covered with a bandage until they heal.
  • Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages.
  • Don’t share personal items.
  • Put a towel or other “block” between you and any other surfaces, such as sitting on a towel in the locker room.
  • If you are in the hospital, ask all staff to wash their hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before treating or touching you.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 07/09

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