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Washcloths and MRSA  

Author:  Robert  Powitz.

Source: Volume 09, Number 02, January/February 2008 , pp.19-20(2)

Correctional Health Care Report

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In this age, in which every correctional facility faces the additional burden of controlling Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), one fi nds it rather interesting that the method of choice our industry has adopted for preventing this disease has little effect on it. More often than not, we rely solely on expensive measures that include purchasing numerous antiseptic (aka antibacterial) body and hand cleaners for inmates and staff use, and we provide an arsenal of disinfectants for housekeeping. While these products do control some environmentally- mediated diseases, they have little effect on diseases that are transmitted by direct contact, such as MRSA. Virtually every public health professional knows that encouraging hand washing is the primary preventive strategy for controlling MRSA, along with warning against the use of common towels.

Keywords: personal hygiene, inexpensive, cross contamination, economical

Affiliations:  1: R.W. Powitz & Associates, PC.

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