Preventing recurrence of MRSA infection in a community space
January 8, 2006 8:36 PM Subscribe
HygeineFilter: How to prevent the recurrence of MRSA infection in a community center?
posted by ottereroticist to health & fitness (10 answers total)
I'm on the board of directors for an organization that runs a community center. We serve a diverse population, including homeless and immuno-suppressed people.
Recently, a worker cut her hand while renovating the kitchen, resulting in an MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphlococcus aureus) infection that took three days in the hospital to clear up.
My question is, what specific steps do we need to take to minimize the risk of a recurrence -- and what do we not need to do?
We are planning to close our facility for a month and clean it from top to bottom (which it needs anyway). My sense is that the first priority is to deep-clean the bathrooms and kitchen and wash bedding and towels, using bleach as a disinfectant.
How thoroughly do we need to clean the "dry" areas of the house (not bathrooms or kitchen) -- do those need the bleach treatment too? Should we steam-clean the furniture and rugs? Or throw everything out and start over, as some in the community are suggesting?
Suggestions and information resources greatly welcome. Thanks for your help!