Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
NB: Other multiresistant organisms may be transmitted nosocomially. Consultation with Infection Prevention and Control is recommended.
Body fluids or secretions containing organism
Mode of Transmission
Direct contact or droplet. Inanimate objects from patient room often harbor organisms.
|Precautions||Acute Care||Long Term Care|
|Single Room||Yes NB: Cohorting may be an option for MRSA if insufficient single rooms.||Assess each situation individually.|
|Gloves||Worn upon entry into care room and removed prior to exit||If in direct contact with colonized or infected body fluids/secretions. Perform hand hygiene at all times when entering or leaving patient room, including before and after glove use.|
|Gowns||Worn upon entry into care room and removed prior to exit||If in direct contact with colonized or infected body fluids/secretions|
|Mask||If nasal carrier or if in contact with respiratory secretions||If in contact with respiratory secretions from individual with pneumonia or tracheostomy|
Duration of Precautions
- Consult Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C) regarding precautions and screening.
- Always consult IP&C prior to discontinuation of precautions.