MRSA Infections in the Healthcare Setting (HA-MRSA)

Last Updated: July 31, 2018
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​MRSA acquired in healthcare settings (HA-MRSA) commonly causes serious and potentially life threatening infections, such as bloodstream infections, surgical site infections, or pneumonia.

The main way that HA-MRSA is spread is by healthcare workers' hands, which can be contaminated by touching:

  • Patients with MRSA bacteria
  • MRSA bacteria on the bodies of hospital personnel
  • Devices, items, or environmental surfaces contaminated with body fluids containing MRSA

Standard precautions include:

  • Washing hands thoroughly with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    Refer to:
  • Wearing gloves, masks and gowns
  • Handling devices properly
  • Handling laundry properly


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Additional Information

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention