MRSA Prevention

DICON Educational Program to Prevent MRSA Infections in Athletes

MRSA Prevention Chart
In order to be effective, educational programs that prevent MRSA infections must be specific to each team or institution, and both practical and understandable. Such programs should be based on solid scientific principles. Our educational program encompasses all of the preceding components and includes the following educational services:

Written specific recommendations following interviews with athletic trainers and on-site evaluation of the following:

  • Your training and treatment facilities, weight rooms, locker rooms and showers
  • Personal hygienic practices of team members, trainers, coaches, and other staff.
  • Existing policies related to first-aid, physical and medical therapies, whirlpools, laundry procedures, and disinfection agents
  • Existing policies and/or practices related to the evaluation of known or suspected infection

Educational aids (e.g. posters, brochures) and/or programs (lectures) specifically designed for

  • Players
  • Trainers
  • Coaches
  • Medical personnel

Educational process maps/guidelines for common problems such as:

  • Prevention of MRSA infection following cuts, abrasions, turf burns etc [e.g. when is the use of topical mupirocin advisable].
  • Diagnosis and management of minor infections (pimples, boils) [e.g. When and how should cultures should be obtained, referral made, treatment initiated?]
  • Advice based on review of the medical literature for treatment recommendations, options and algorithms for empiric and directed therapy for MRSA infections (for use by team or consultant physicians)
  • Advice concerning special situations
  • Management/referral of athletes with serious or recurrent infections
  • Education for family of team members with MRSA infections
  • Utility of environmental or nasal cultures (when, why, why not, and how?)
  • Utility (or lack of utility) of specialized disinfection systems or products