Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is a leading cause of wound infection in the UK and in the USA. 1, 2

MRSA infection can range from "colonisation, which does not need to be treated aggressively, to systemic infection such as bronchopneumonia" (particularly in immunocompromised individuals).3 MRSA infections are difficult to treat because they are resistant to many (but not all) antibiotics. As with other wound infections, MRSA infection can delay wound healing.

Many healthy people will be colonised with Staphylococcus aureus (about 30%) and in a proportion of this population the Staphylococcus aureus is MRSA.1

Infection occurs when the bacteria enter the body, through a wound or directly into the blood stream. MRSA infections can be minimised through careful prevention measures such as good hand hygiene practice and standard infection control precautions.1

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