Yes, MRSA can usually be treated. There are antibiotics other
than the group that methicillin belongs to, which can be given if a
person is unwell with an MRSA infection. Other medications, such as
antiseptic wash and nasal ointments can also be used to remove MRSA
from the nose and skin when it is considered to be harmful to a
patient for example, before surgery.
The easiest way to stop the spread of MRSA and other organisms
in hospitals is by everyone practising good hand hygiene. Organisms
such as MRSA can be spread very easily from person to person by
direct contact, such as hands. However, MRSA can also be
removed very easily with good hand washing using soap and water or
alternatively, by the use of alcohol gel on visibly clean
Because MRSA can be passed on by human contact, we need the help
of patients and visitors as well as our staff to help combat
If you are a visitor, please wash your hands before and after
visiting your friend or relative. You can use traditional soap and
water or the alcohol hand gels provided. These are alcohol based
and kill germs very effectively. Again, please use the chairs
provided rather than sit on your relative or friend's bed. You
should also report any unclean areas within the hospital wards to a
member of staff, so we can take action.
Whether you are a patient or a visitor please don't be afraid to
ask the doctor or nurse if they have washed their hands before they
treat you or your relative or friend.
If you need any more information, or want to learn about MRSA,
you may find the useful links page helpful.