How To Protect
Yourself From MRSA
by Dr Vernon Coleman and Donna Antoinette Coleman
(MRSA stands for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus
Aureus infection - a particularly vicious and deadly infection now commonly
found in British hospitals.)
1. Only go into hospital if you
really have to i.e. for life-saving treatment or for treatment that is going to
dramatically improve the quality of your life. Try to get home as soon as you
2. Make sure your immune system is as healthy as possible.
Keep up your intake of vitamins - particularly antioxidants such as Vitamins A,
C and E. (You should, of course, consult your doctor to obtain his approval
before taking vitamin supplements).
3. When going into hospital, make
sure that you take plenty of disposable anti-bacterial wipes with you. If you
are too ill to clean, ask a relative or a friend to do it for you.
Wash and clean your hands frequently throughout the day.
5. Never walk
around a hospital in bare feet.
6. Make sure that friends and relatives
who visit you have as little physical contact with you as possible. They may
have picked up the bug on their way through the hospital. The MRSA bug is most
dangerous to those who have just had an operation or are seriously
7. All hospital staff and relatives who touch you should wash their
hands thoroughly before and after visiting you.
8. Always wash your hands
thoroughly before and after touching any wounds or dressings.
Disinfect baths, showers, washbasins and toilets before using them. Remember to
disinfect toilet seats, taps and handles.
10. Have as little physical
contact with other patients as you can.
11. Stay away from hospital `day
rooms' which contain soft furnishings. The MRSA bug can live in cushions,
carpets and curtains for weeks.
12. Do not share soap, flannels or towels
with other patients.
Copyright Vernon Coleman and Donna
Antoinette Coleman 2005
Taken from Health Secrets Doctors
Share With Their Families by Vernon Coleman & Donna Antoinette Coleman,
published by the European Medical Journal at £12.99 and available from the shop
on this website and from all good books everywhere.