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MRSA Treatment Plan

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that does not respond to some antibiotics that are commonly used to treat staph infections. The following guidelines will help prevent the spread of MRSA.

1.  Start with good hygiene!
 
  • Keep fingernails short.
  • Clean all clothing, towels, sleepwear, and sheets daily in hot water. Add bleach to the laundry if the clothing can tolerate it.

2. Get at the source: MRSA often lives happily in our nose without any symptoms. It only causes problems if it gets into skin or other body areas.
 
  • Apply Mupirocin (Bactroban, available by prescription only) ointment to nostrils 2 times daily for 1-2 weeks.

3. Keep your skin clean: Bathe in water with regular bleach (1 teaspoon per gallon of bath water) twice a week for 15 minutes for 1 full week.
 
  • Infant (<1 year) = 15 gallons water + 15 tsp. (2.5 oz.) bleach
  • Child (1-8 years) = 20 gallons water + 20 tsp. (3.3 oz.) bleach
  • Older child/adult = 30 gallons water + 5 oz. bleach

 4. Oral antibiotic treatment of ongoing illness and body colonization:
 
  • Appropriate anti-staphylococcal antibiotic as prescribed by your provider.
  • Your provider might recommend a course of another antibiotic called Rifampin (10 mg/kg/dose) by mouth twice a day for two days.

5. Consider other family members and even the family pet (dog or cat) as an ongoing reservoir of Staphylococcus Aureus and culture/treat each appropriately. Talk with your veterinarian if you have a pet and recurrent MRSA in your home.

See the link below for a full handout on MRSA!

Related Documents:

Living with MRSA Handout 

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