Pediatric musculoskeletal Staphylococusaureus (MRSA) bacterial infections are on the rise. The percentage of musculoskeletal infections in children caused by MRSA increased from 9 percent to 29 percent, and the length of stay for pediatric MRSA patients increased from 8 days to 13 days, according to a study conducted by Eric Sarkissian, BS, of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
MRSA, a type of skin infection, is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that is resistant to most antibiotics. MRSA typically starts out as small red bumps (that can look like pimples, boils or spider bites) that turns into deep, painful sores.
The results of this study is a good reminder of the prevalence of MRSA, and we need to do everything we can to prevent exposure and the spread of this bacteria. To help prevent MRSA, remember to follow general hygiene practices, including:
- Wash your hands to prevent the spread of germs. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer containing at least 62 percent alcohol.
- Keep all cuts clean and covered with a bandage until they are healed.
- Avoid sharing personal items like towels, sheets, razors, clothing and athletic equipment.
- Shower after athletic games or practices.
- Clean your towels and bed linens with hot water if you have a cut or sore.
For more information on MRSA, go to cdc.gov/mrsa/.