IMPORTANT NEW POLICY: Due to allergy issues, latex items such as balloons are no longer allowed on the MHS school gounds.
See the HEALTH NEWS article below from the Nurse’s office. Please note the article’s mention on the importance to cover all open wounds.
HEALTH NEWS FROM THE NURSE/HEALTH OFFICE
What is a STAPH INFECTION? It is caused by a bacteria that all health people have on their skin. Sometimes it can be a pimple, rash, boil, or open wound. It may cause redness, warmth, and swelling. Sometimes it causes no problems and at times it can lead to something serious. The serious staph infection you have been hearing about is MRSA, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus. Most of the time it doesn’t cause an infection, but if it does, it is usually a minor boil or abscess. Sometimes it can be more severe and cause MRSA pneumonia, joint and bloodstream infections which can be life threatening.
HOW IS IT SPREAD?
- Skin to skin contact
- Shared objects such as towels, razors, soap bars, and athletic equipment
- Staph can survive on objects for 24 hours
HOW CAN IT BE PREVENTED?
- Thorough hand washing or use of alcohol based hand sanitizer
- Clean all cuts & scrapes with warm H2O & soap and cover with a bandage until healed
- Do not share personal items with others especially if you suspect a skin infection
IF I THINK I HAVE A SKIN INFECTION, WHAT DO I DO?
- Athletes MUST report skin lesions to their coach and school nurse to help catch problems early!
- Consult your healthcare provider
- If given prescription antibiotics, follow directions closely and take all your pills even if you feel better. Not taking all your pills may lead to a stronger, antibiotic resistant infection
- Regularly clean bathroom, kitchen and personal items
- Wash clothes and other items with hot water and bleach, if possible
- If possible, dry clothes in a hot dryer to help kill bacteria
QUESTIONS? Stop by the Nurse’s Office!