Since MRSA is primarily transmitted from person to person, Kallen said patients can do their part to help prevent these infections, too.
"Make sure that the people who are taking care of you are practicing good hygiene, especially if they're doing things like changing dressings on wounds," he said. While some patients may be reluctant to ask doctors and nurses if they've washed their hands, Kallen said, "these days more and more health care workers kind of expect it, and actually welcome it."
There's more on MRSA at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOURCES: Alexander J. Kallen, M.D., M.P.H., medical officer, division of healthcare quality promotion, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Daniel J. Diekema, M.D., director, division of infectious diseases, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City; Daniel J. Sexton, M.D., director, Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, professor of medicine, division of infectious diseases, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C.; Aug. 11, 2010, Journal of the American Medical Association
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