Staphylococcus, aka staph, is a genus of bacteria found worldwide and of which many species reside harmlessly on human skin. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph that is resistant to certain antibiotics. Staph infections, including MRSA, occur most frequently among persons in hospitals and healthcare facilities who have weakened immune systems (this is referred to as healthcare-associated MRSA). When MRSA infections are acquired by persons who have not been hospitalized or had a medical procedure within the past year, they are known as community acquired (CA-MRSA) infections. Staph or MRSA infections in the community are usually manifested as skin infections, such as pimples and boils, and occur in otherwise healthy people. More serious infections may cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections, or surgical wound infections.
FACS provides a variety of services related to general infection control and specifically to MRSA and/or other resistant bacteria stains. FACS can assist in developing appropriate response protocols, providing awareness training, developing cleaning protocols, conducting cleaning verification including sampling, and providing training or assessment of cleaning protocols in both healthcare and non-healthcare environments.