Fight Staph Infections, Inc. 
My battle with a hospital acquired MRSA infection
Infection Prevention
Hello Everyone,

Below is a list of ways to help prevent staph infections in our hospitals.   Please read them, so
you can be better prepared to fight staph infections for yourself or a loved ones when you or your loved ones are hospitalized.

 1.  One week prior to having surgery, ask your doctor to test you for staph.  If you have it, extra precautions can be taken to protect you from infection.  Also, ask your doctor to perform another test for staph seventy-two (72) hours to your being released.   DO NOT leave the hospital without receiving the results.

 2.  Ask all hospital staff, as well as visitors, to wash their hands or use an alcohol-based sanitizer before touching you.

 3.  Shower with chlorhexidine soap a few days prior to having surgery.  This will help remove bacteria from your skin.

 4.  Stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, and other equipment spread bacteria.  Before the hospital staff uses the equipment on you, ask them to please wipe them with alcohol.

 5.  Take precautions in public restrooms.  Use a paper towel to turn on the faucet and open the door to avoid touching those surfaces.  You do not know who has been in the bathroom prior to you.

 6.  Make sure that intravenous tubes and catheters are inserted under sterial conditions.  The nurse inserting them should wear a mask and sterilize your skin first.

 7.  DO NOT shave the surgical site.  If hair must be removed, ask that clippers be used.   Razors can cause nicks in your skin and the bacteria can enter.

 8.  On the day of surgery, remind your doctor that you may need an antibiotic one hour before surgery.

 9.  Stop smoking well in advance of your surgery.   Patients who smoke are three (3) times as likely to develop a surgical site infection as nonsmokers and have slower recovery  and longer hospital stay.

10.  Ask your doctor about keeping you warm during surgery.  Patients who are kept warm resist infection better.

11.  Be careful of presents you accept while in the hospital.   Do not put Teddy Bears on your bed.  It may be carrying MRSA.

12.  Be sure to wipe the bed rails several times a day while in the hospital.  People may lean over the rails and could leave MRSA on them.   Also, clean the T.V. Remote as often as possible. 

13.  Make doctors and staff check your wristband.

14.  Make sure the hospital is accredited.

15.  Do not let anyone sit on your bed.  Do not put your purse on the bed or table.  It could be carrying MRSA.

16.  Be a smart patient.  Stand up for yourself.  If you have a question, do not be afraid to ask the doctor.

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