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St. Maarten Medical Center
Hygiene and Infection Control
This brochure provides you with general information about the MRSA bacteria and measures the hospital takes for patients with or suspected of having HRMO.
If you have questions after reading this brochure, you can contact your family physician.
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a staphylococcus (staph) that is resistant to some
commonly used antibiotics.
Resistant means that the antibiotic does not work to treat infections caused by that type of bacteria. The
MRSA bacteria are not dangerous for healthy persons; most people get rid of them quickly. For an ill person
the MRSA bacteria are a risk, because getting an infection is difficult to treat.
Treatment for MRSA depends on the location of the bacteria. It can consist of the application of a nose
salve and bathing with disinfecting soap. Sometimes you may receive antibiotics.
Swabs will be taken for culturing from the patient nose, throat, perineum or wound. Sometimes its necessary to take cultures from sputum and urine.
Do not overuse antibiotics. Antibiotics must not be used to treat a viral infection.
Take all of the antibiotic medication your doctor prescribes. Do not save some of the antibiotics. Left over antibiotics may not work against bacteria that cause another infection.
Practice hand hygiene: Wash your hands with soap and water. You may use hand-alcohol when your hands are not visibly dirty or sticky.
The MRSA carrier or suspected MRSA patient is taken care of in strict isolation.
The MRSA patient is flagged in the hospital information system. If the patient is readmitted a signal would
appear immediately in the system and precautionary measures can be taken with the patient.
Visiting is limited to direct family members who should contact a nurse before entering. Persons entering the
isolation room will wear protective gear. Always, when exiting:
After leaving the isolation room, visitors are not allowed to visit other patients.
The isolation measures of the patient in strict isolation for MRSA are terminated when:
When, in addition to the above, MRSA tests taken two months and minimal one year after the first MRSA test are negative, the ‘flag’ is removed from the system and the patient is declared MRSA free.
Your attending specialist in the hospital will inform your family physician about you being an MRSA carrier.
The nurse will inform the district nursing, if you have home care.
In the outpatient clinic, our staff will take the necessary precautions when attending to you. Also, you will
be scheduled for the last appointment of the day.
In the hospital you are allowed to wear your own clothes and use your own toiletries.
Your dirty clothes can be given to your family in a plastic bag. The dirty clothes can be washed in the
washing machine in preferably 60 degrees Celsius water or disinfected with bleach (Clorox). When discharged,
you must take all your belongings with you.