MRSA: A WARNING TO PRACTICES
All practices should be aware that MRSA infections, though not common, are a factor in veterinary practice. Many members of the general public have been exposed to the infection and some are carriers of the bacteria. In the case of veterinary practice, it should be expected that MRSA will be present in staff in the same, if not higher, proportions as the general populous. The basis of controlling MRSA in practice is first to be aware of the issue.
Practices should have written protocols regarding hygiene and cleanliness of clinical staff and premises, which should be rigorously adhered to. Premises should be regularly and thoroughly tested and, if pockets of, or trends in, infections are seen through clinical governance processes, steps should also be considered regarding the testing of staff. All practices should remain vigilant towards cases that present with nonhealing wounds and intransient infections. In such cases, MRSA testing should be considered to ensure not only that proper treatment is carried out, but also that proper advice be given to the owner regarding ongoing requirements in dealing with the situation. Further information is provided on the BSAVA’s website (www.bsava.com).