Safety Short: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

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According to the CDC, in 2017, over 120,000 invasive infections and nearly 20,000 related deaths occur every year because of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. The bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus commonly live in people's respiratory systems and on their skin. Typically, they're harmless, but sometimes the bacteria cause infections and illness. In the case of MRSA, the problem is that the bacteria have become resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics. Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly may help prevent this and many other types of illnesses and infections. This course was developed and reviewed with subject matter support provided by certified subject matter experts and industry professionals. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.


  • identify who is at increased risk of MRSA infection
  • recognize symptoms of MRSA
  • identify best practices to use when washing your hands to protect yourself and others from exposure to infectious germs


  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
  • Handwashing