Notice on the control of infection, United Kingdom, 1990-1996
The ‘Universal Precautions’ on hospital infection control outlined on this notice recommend no direct physical contact by staff with patients’ bodily fluids, such as blood and urine, to protect them from infection. These actions also prevent staff becoming carriers of infection. Staff are recommended to wear disposable gloves, aprons, goggles and, where appropriate, face masks. Hand washing is also important. Dressings and needles should be disposed of after use.
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Glossary: Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a dangerous bacterium that is becoming increasingly common. It is resistant to known antibiotics and so is difficult to treat. Hospital patients are at particular risk of infection, as a result of a weakened immune systems or open wounds. Initial symptoms include small red bumps, which develop into painful boils.