House Calls Previously Asked Questions

Joyce Agorilla, R.N.

 

 

Palomar Health Infection COntrol Nurse

How can I protect myself, my family (from MRSA)?

Answer: “Routine hand washing is the most effective way to fight infection,” says Joyce Agorrilla, R.N., Palomar Health Infection Control Nurse. “Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel with you and give your children packaged antiseptic hand towels to use at school or the gym.”

“If someone in your family has MRSA, it’s important to be careful but it isn’t necessary to isolate that person,” Dr. Schechter says. “Using separate towels and bathrooms and being especially careful about personal hygiene will minimize your risk significantly.”

Dr. Kuriyama suggests these Web sites for more information:

www.cdc.gov/Features/MRSAinSchools
www.hopkinsmedicine.org/heic/patient/mrsa