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Mentioning MRSA makes people cringe with thoughts of painful infections. Let’s take a look at what is so scary about it and how make MRSA prevention a priority. MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.  It is a bacteria that  for many reasons has become resistant to most antibiotics. This can make treatment for some patients extremely difficult; especially patients with weakened immune systems. Research states that MRSA is easily found in roughly 30% of the general population in the United Kingdom. Most carry it in their nose or on their skin. It is easily spread by person to person contact. Bigger problems occur when Staphylococcus aureus bacteria enter the body through an open cut or wound. This makes places like Indoor Soccer Arenas and artificial turf fields breeding grounds for MRSA and Staph when they are not properly maintained. Properly cared for turf goes a long way in MRSA prevention.

PGE Park in Portland, artificial turf maintenance and MRSA prevention

Symptoms of MRSA

Many people with MRSA infections mistake them for spider bites and they are left untreated. Untreated MRSA infections can eventually lead to infections of  internal organs. When MRSA infects internal organs it can be very dangerous and in some cases fatal.

Early signs of a MRSA infection on the skin:

  • Cellulitis – infection of the skin or the fat and tissues that lie immediately under the skin
  • Boils
  • Abscesses
  • Sty
  • Carbuncles – an infection larger than an abscess
  • Impetigo – skin infection with many pus filled blisters
  • Rash
Signs that MRSA may have infected internal organs:
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Low blood pressure
  • Joint pain
  • Severe headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rash covering the whole body
If you experience these symptoms you should seek medical help immediately. Without treatment your life is in danger.

Treatment of MRSA

Although MRSA is resistant to many antibiotics it is not resistant to all. Vancomycin, teicoplanin and mupirocin can all still be effectively used to eliminate a MRSA infection before it reaches the internal organs.

MRSA Prevention and Artificial Turf Maintenance

Surface sanitizing is the best way handle MRSA prevention.  As mentioned, artificial turf can be a breeding ground for MRSA infections. Football players and other athletes often compete with cuts  and open wounds where MRSA is easily spread. Do you know if the artificial turf you or someone you love utilizes is properly sanitized. Proper sanitation on artificial turf in necessary to prevent the spread of MRSA. Sanitizing turf surfaces is a key aspect of Artificial Turf Maintenance and can most easily be done using UVC (a special ultraviolet light) technology.  UVC technology is readily available from Sports Turf NW. We assist field owners with artificial turf maintenance knowledge and equipment. Our GreenZapr™ and MiniZapr™ technology make artificial turf maintenance simple and easy. Call Sports Turf NW today to learn how you can stop the spread of MRSA and other bacteria. 800-541-1285

Photo By Brian Halvorsen (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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