Gov. Steve Beshear issued a proclamation recognizing the week of Oct. 19-25 as International Infection Prevention Week. The theme of this year's initiative is "Infection Prevention is Everyone's Business."
As the infection control nurse at Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital, Mary Lou Lynn is on the alert for the presence of infections and ways to prevent them. She feels that this is a wonderful opportunity to spread the important message of infection prevention to our community. All of you have heard of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). It is in the news frequently and it is a serious health concern for all of us.
MRSA can be caused by a break in the skin, any injury, poor health, and using or sharing dirty items. MRSA can spread among people having close contact with people who already have MRSA. It is spread by direct physical contact such as touching MRSA contaminated objects (sheets, clothes, towels, dirty dressings, workout areas, and sports equipment).