Staph Infection 3

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

There are populations susceptible to developing and spreading resistant staph infections. One of these populations is athletes that congregate in locker rooms. Dr. Edward Hill shares recommendations to prevent the spread of staph infections in this vulnerable population in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

An alarming number of resistant staph skin infections have been showing up in athletes. The National Athletic Trainers Association has the following recommendations for all athletes:

Keep hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and warm water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer routinely.

Encourage immediate showering following activity.

Avoid whirlpools or common tubs. Individuals with open wounds, scrapes or scratches can easily infect others in this environment.

Avoid sharing towels, razors and daily athletic gear.

Properly wash athletic gear and towels after each use.

Maintain clean facilities and equipment.

Refer to appropriate health care personnel for all active skin lesions and lesions that do not respond to initial therapy.

Administer or seek proper first aid.

Encourage health care personnel to seek bacterial cultures to establish a diagnosis, and

Cover skin lesions appropriately before participation.

By taking these precautions, athletes can reduce the spread of resistant staph infections.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.