MRSA - Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
MRSA Infections in the Healthcare Setting (HA-MRSA) 
MRSA acquired in healthcare settings (HA-MRSA) commonly causes serious and potentially life threatening infections, such as bloodstream infections, surgical site infections, or pneumonia.


The main way that HA-MRSA is spread is by healthcare workers' hands, which can be contaminated by touching:

  • Patients with MRSA bacteria
  • MRSA bacteria on the bodies of hospital personnel
  • Devices, items, or environmental surfaces contaminated with body fluids containing MRSA

Standard precautions include:

  • Washing hands thoroughly with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
    Refer to:
  • Wearing gloves, masks and gowns
  • Handling devices properly
  • Handling laundry properly

Resources

external link icon This icon identifies links to external web sites that will open in a new browser window. See the External Links Disclaimer link at the bottom of this page.

Some linked files require specific plug-ins to open. To download plug-ins, see the File Formats Used on This Site link at the bottom of this page.

Additional Information

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention