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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: MRSA cleaning

February 10, 2010
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Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network(ICAN) "Ask the Experts"page: I work at a 1,500-bed correctional institution. The health care department is all worried about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). They came in with bleach and "Comet."
I believe that our quaternary cleaner is enough. Please let me know the best way to deal with MRSA in an institutional situation.
The answer:
A quaternary or bleach, used daily on commonly touched surfaces, will aid in the prevention of cross contamination. Abrasive cleansers can damage surfaces, making their cleaning and disinfection more difficult. I would avoid their use.
Again, we should stress that simple hand washing and proper personal hygiene are the best defenses against any infectious agent, including MRSA.
In a correction facility, which affords opportunity for lots of personal contact in crowded areas, you surely have a valid concern about MRSA, but to use an old expression, "Let''s not panic!"
Staph is very common in ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor
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