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More deaths than AIDS: Gloves on for safety

Supplier: Showa
22 February, 2012

Best glove recommendations for protection from MRSA

What is MRSA?
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus will cause more deaths than AIDS this year. Staph is a common bacteria that is carried by 25 to 30% of the population and lives on their skin or in their noses. Years of prescribing and overprescribing prescription antibiotics have resulted in mutation of Staph into a virulent form that resists common antibiotics and causes severe sometimes disfiguring skin infections that can spread to other body systems and cause system sometimes fatal infections.
Hospital Acquired HA-MRSA has been a problem in hospitals and nursing homes for years. Community Acquired
MRSA has now surfaced and is in the headlines every day as whole school systems shut down to disinfect and
decontaminate when infections occur.

Who is at Risk?
Clusters of cases of MRSA outbreaks have been reported in athletes, military recruits, children and certain ethnic
groups. Law enforcement personnel who deal with homeless people, illegal aliens and prison inmates are at risk of acquiring MRSA. Many professional sports teams have had problems with MRSA which has sidelined many players. School systems nationwide have shut down to decontaminate entire facilities when outbreaks have occurred.

What does it look like?

MRSA infections are commonly mistaken for spider bites or a boil or pimple. It spreads and can be disfiguring and
require surgery or even amputation to stop. Systemic involvement can result in death. MRSA can penetrate through
a scrape, pimple or sore. Most MRSA is spread on hands to different surfaces.

How to Prevent MRSA Infection?

Proper hand washing is the most important step in preventing transmission and infection by MRSA. You should
never share personal items such as towels and razors or touch anyone’s bandages or wounds. Towels and gym
clothes should be washed in hot water and dried in hot dryers, not air-dried. Surfaces should be wiped down with
alcohol based disinfectants that are known to kill MRSA. Hand sanitisers that are alcohol based and proven to kill
MRSA should be used to prevent transmission and infection.

Does anything treat MRSA?

Some antibiotics such as Vancomycin are effective for treating MRSA, but common penicillin based antibiotics are
not effective. You should contact your doctor if you suspect you have MRSA as soon as possible. Earlier diagnosis
is the key to successful treatment.

NFPA 1999 Compliant N-DEX Family of Gloves:

In order to pass the testing for compliance with NFPA 1999 Standard on Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical
Operations, N-DEX gloves have to pass the ASTM F 1671, Standard Test Method for Resistance of Materials Used
in Protective Clothing to Penetration by Blood-Borne Pathogens Using Phi-X174 Bacteriophage Penetration as a
Test System. This is the model viral particle we have utilized for testing in our complete N-DEX family of products
for protection from Blood-Borne Pathogens. This model virus is 27 nanometers in size and is in fact much smaller
than the MRSA bacteria.

What does this mean for Best?
Best has had the entire N-DEX product line certified as compliant with NFPA 1999 Standard on Protective Clothing
for Emergency Medical Operations, 2005 Edition. This certification is now even more valuable since NIOSH and
AIHA have endorsed the use of the Viral Penetration data in determination of protection from MRSA.

MRSA Transmission:

N-DEX glove family will protect the wearer from exposure of the hands to MRSA bacteria. However, MRSA can
contaminate the outer surface of the glove and be transmitted to other surfaces. N-DEX gloves can be wiped with
hand sanitizers that kill MRSA to prevent transmission of MRSA on the surface of the glove. N-DEX gloves have
been proven to provide protection from such Blood-Borne Pathogens and are an integral part of a protection ensemble for contact with MRSA whether patients or cleanup of facilities.