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MRSA infections can cause injury to PA workers

Occupational illnesses like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus can be a very serious concern for many Pennsylvania workers, particularly those employed in the field of health care, law enforcement and a number of other professions. Here at Friday & Cox LLC, we know all too well the damage that can be caused by MRSA within the workplace, the treatment of which can entail extensive medical care and even hospitalization.

As explained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, staph bacteria are a common cause of usually minor skin infections. Conversely, MRSA is far more dangerous due to its resistance to some antibiotics. Infected areas will typically take on the appearance of a boil, may be painful to the touch and swollen with pus or fluid. Infections can also stem deep into tissues and even the bloodstream, which may result in more severe effects.

Because MRSA can spread through skin to skin contact, it’s important for workers to take preventative measures to keep others from becoming infected. Hand-washing is extremely important in this case, and must occur after touching any items that have possibly come into contact with MRSA. Additionally, those currently infected must keep their wounds appropriately dressed at all times using clean fresh bandages. Clothing or bedding that may have been contaminated should be laundered immediately using hot water and detergent.

When infected by MRSA, receiving immediate treatment is vital. Doctors may need to drain and clean the wound, or they might prescribe certain antibiotics effective at treating MRSA. Getting the right treatment is imperative to stopping the more serious effects from occurring, while also preventing others from becoming infected. To learn more about illnesses occurring in the workplace, please visit our website.





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