CA-MRSA : A Research Study

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Historically MRSA infections have been confined to hospitals and infected those that generally were very sick to begin with. In recent years, MRSA has started to become prevalent in healthy individuals; specifically those on high school and collegiate sports teams. Studies have shown that the rates among athletes tend to be higher in contact sports like football and wrestling (Buss, 2014). The rates also seem to be higher than in the past due to the lack of policy regarding the infections and lack of people following through on the policies in place (Fritz, 2012). MRSA can be prevented for student athletes, especially if those around them are committed to doing what they can to protect the health of the students. Research Study #1 Research…show more content…
Results: Awareness: The study found that 61% of those who responded indicated that they had received educational information about MRSA in the past 12 months, 23% had not received information, and 16% were unsure. The most frequent source of information was from the MSHSAA. Of the people who received information, 64% had shared the information with their students, 48% indicated that the information had been shared with the parents of the athletes. 32% of respondents said that their school had written guidelines already in place for managing infections, 25% said their school did not, and 43% did not know if there were policies in place. Preventive Measures: The CDC guidelines to prevent MRSA infections include showering after practice and competition, using liquid soap rather than bar soap, and discouraging athletes from sharing towels and other personal items. Of the coaches and athletic directors who responded to the survey, only 5% said that athletes were required to shower with soap at school. Hand sanitizer was only reported to be available to 38% during gameplay. Only 83% of respondents reported always washing their hands after gameplay or after contact with blood and 63% reported always washing their hands after contact with infected, scraped, or cut skin. As to why there was not 100% hand hygiene after
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