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Pittsburgh Hospital Teams with Pirates Baseball Club in Unique Effort to Encourage Teen Handwashing, Prevent Spread of MRSA
Date:4/21/2009

abrasions) Contaminated items and surfaces, and lack of Cleanliness.

MRSA is usually transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, or by sharing or touching items such as towels or bandages used by an infected person. Most MRSA infections outside the hospital setting appear as red, swollen, painful pustules or boils on the skin.

MRSA prevention measures include keeping hands clean by washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based sanitizer, showering immediately after exercising, covering wounds with a clean, dry bandage until they heal. Also, do not share personal items such as towels that touch the skin, and put a towel between your skin and shared exercise equipment such as mats or weight machines.

According to Ms. Caplan, AGH hopes the "All Great Athletes Have Great Hands" campaign becomes a model program for hospitals in other cities around the country. The campaign is an initiative of the AGH Northside Partnership.

A similar poster campaign developed by AGH in 1992 that recruited the city's three professional sports franchises to encourage bicycle helmet use by children had just such an impact. That campaign, "Helmets, All the Pros Wear Them", became a nationally acclaimed program that was duplicated in numerous U.S. cities.


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