Since MRSA (Mercer) is so highly infectious and difficult to treat having to care for someone with Mercer can be pretty nerve wracking. It is after all a potentially deadly infection. Here are some things you will need to remember if you have to care for someone with Mercer.
There is no need to disinfect the entire home every single day. You will need to pinpoint high traffic areas and anywhere the infected individual has been. Clean anything that the infected person touches immediately especially if you have children, pets or elderly occupants in the home.
When you decide on cleaning products, shop smart. You want a cleanser/disinfectant. Pay close attention to the labels, and be sure you are getting a disinfecting cleaner that works. Follow the instructions to the T. Wear gloves when cleaning the home as well. The last thing that you need is your hands to become irritated and allow you to inquire this possibly deadly bacterium.
Pay attention to door knobs, faucets, bath tubs, the toilet and toilet handle and discard any items like razors that the infected individual used. All other personal items should be removed immediately lie wash cloths and towels. Disinfect anything these items have touched.
Towels and washcloths as well as clothing and bedding of the infected individual should be washed in hot soapy water and dried thoroughly.
Dressings and Bandages
Never, ever drain a MRSA (Mercer) boil on your own. This MUST be done by a health care professional. This is very important to the health of the infected and the health of the members of the family. This could be life or death; only allow a licensed health care provider to drain Mercer infected locations.
If your Mercer wounds have been drained, then you will probably have the grueling task of dressing changes. You will want to keep the bandages leak free and clean. Never should the infectious fluids show through the bandages.
- Wash hands with hot water and soap.
- Use disposable gloves.
- Remove old bandages.
- Place old bandages in bag.
- Remove gloves turning them inside out as you take them off of your hands, without touching contaminated area, place them in bag.
- Wash and dry your hands in hot soapy water.
- Get a new pair of gloves.
- Apply the new bandages. If a wound is leaking you may need to add extra bandages to keep the contaminated fluids contained.
- Take off the gloves as instructed earlier and place them in the bag. Seal it, and throw it away.
- Clean all surfaces where dressing was changed and wash hands again.
- Wash and dry hands as earlier instructed followed by use of a good hand sanitizer.
Mercer Contamination and Laundry
Bedding and dirty cloths can spread Mercer to occupants and other areas of the infected. Bedding will need to be changed daily for the one suffering with MRSA. Their things will need to be stored and washed separately from everyone else’s. Use a plastic laundry hamper for them, it should not be a ventilated laundry storage container and should be disinfected every time it is emptied. Running a rinse cycle with bleach and hot water through the otherwise empty washer after their things have been cleaned is a good idea. Make sure you are wearing the disposable gloves every time you come into contact with dirty laundry or anything else that may be contaminated with Mercer. Also be positive you are thoroughly drying the cloths on the hottest possible setting safe for the garments. Always wash your hands after handling any Mercer contaminated item and before touching anything that is not contaminated. Yes, even if you had gloves on!
House Cleaning and Mercer
Mercer can survive on surfaces for weeks or months even. It is vital that you clean every nook and cranny at least one time, and you will implement target cleaning thereafter. Pay attention to all high traffic areas and frequently touched things, appliances, remotes, light switches etc. Do not forget to disinfect electronics and remotes. Using a phenol containing disinfectant with commercial strength is best. You can get an EPA list of Mercer preventative disinfectants or use a tablespoon of bleach mixed with 1 qt of water fresh daily to spray surfaces.
Tips for Caring for a Person Infected with Mercer
The infected person should have a certain sitting location. Use your common sense as to what chair is appropriate; you will need to be able to clean it often. If a surface is cloth, use plastic covers. Utensils and other dishes can be cleaned as normal.
Pus and drainage are a part of the deal. If it gets on a surface then that becomes a big deal. You will (using gloves) clean up the ooze with a paper towel. Throw it in a plastic bag that can be sealed. Clean the surface thoroughly and disinfect it (while wearing new gloves). Wash your hands again and sanitize them.
Caring for Mercer Shopping List
- Hand Sanitizer (alcohol based)
- Soap (antibacterial is not recommended)
- Disinfectant (again, antibacterial isn’t recommended)
- Plastic bags that seal, plastic trash bags
Why is Mercer so Serious, You Would be Shocked to Know Just Who is all at Risk!
If you are here reading this then you probably already have the basic facts about Mercer or MRSA. What you may not know is that even your pets can get Mercer! Mercer can also get in the bloodstream and cause fatal infections to occur throughout the body’s vital organs.
Mercer kills more people annually that AIDS. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus is difficult to treat and antibiotics alone won’t kill it, as a matter of fact they can aid to reinfections and mutations of the bacteria.
The best thing you can do to treat Mercer is to become knowledgeable in prevention measures and exercise them faithfully whether there is an infection in the home or not!