Last week I participated in another great online conference from home. This time it was with basketball all-star, Grant Hill. The topic was not basketball though, it was MRSA. If you don’t know, MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a type of Staph bacteria found on the skin and in the nose that is resistant to antibiotics. More than 90,000 Americans get MRSA infections each year and in ’05 nearly 19,000 people died from MRSA infections. YIKES!

MRSA Prevention For Your Family
There are a few simple steps you can take in preventing MRSA infections. Make sure your entire family understands these steps, especially in locker rooms. Some of it may be common sense to us moms, but others in the family may not have thought about these things.

  • Scrub Up – Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub sanitizer
  • Wipe it down – Use a disinfecting bleach solution to wipe down and disinfect hard surfaces. Use clean cloths to avoid spreading MRSA for one surface to another. (1 Tbsp of disinfecting bleach in 1 quart of water)
  • Cover your cuts – Keep any cuts or wounds covered with a clean, dry bandage until healed.
  • Keep to yourself – Don’t share personal items like towels or razors, that come into contact with bare skin.
  • Use a barrier – Keep a towel or clothing between skin and shared equipment or benches.

Bleacher Brigade
Grant Hill and STOP MRSA Now, along with the North American Booster Club Association have teamed up to launch the national “Bleacher Brigade” challenge. It asks that parents, individuals, booster club supporters, and communities pledge their support to help the spread of MRSA through dissemination of information about MRSA. You can go to the website for free materials and join the challenge. Plus there is a chance to win a $500 gift card!

You can find out more details on MRSA, how to stop it, and how to get involved on the website.

*This is a compensated/sponsored post*
(in this case I am receiving a basketball autographed by Grant Hill)