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Friday's Ask the Experts: Combating MRSA

December 2, 2011

Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I work at a 1500 bed correctional institution. The health care department is all worried about MRSA. They came in with bleach and "Comet". I believe that our Quat cleaner is enough. Please let me know the best way to deal with MRSA in an institutional situation.

The answer:

A quat 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 the healthy community. It has been around ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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