Staphylococcus Aureus
  Created by Peter Acquafredda

Prevention of Staphylococcus aureus Infections

A vaccine is not currently available against Staphylococcus aureus.

The following steps can reduce the risk factors associated with being infected with
Staphylococcus aureus:

1.     Practice good hygiene, with careful hand washing.

2.     Use proper hygiene to tend to and clean cuts, scrapes, and wounds.

3.     Use disposable gloves and smocks, especially in hospitals and nursing homes, to avoid skin-to-skin contact.

4.     Avoid skin contact with an infected person.

5.     Use ethanol as a topical sanitizer against MRSA.

6.     Use proper food handling and preparation to prevent food poisoning.

Fact:The increased number infections from Staphylococcus aureus including MRSA in hospitals across the United States is attributed to poor hygiene by healthcare workers.  The bacterium can be transported on the hands of healthcare workers, infecting patients that they touch and care for.

Fact:Staphylococcus aureus has been shown to live for several months on polyester, the fabric used in hospital privacy curtains.