Schools, gyms, hospitals, locker rooms, day care facilities, firehouses, the average home.
Just a few of the places superbugs like MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylycocous aureus) has been found lurking in significant quantities. What's the big deal with MRSA? Perhaps you've heard of something called a STAPH infection. Well, MRSA is an antibiotic-resistant STAPH bug, which can lead to an antibiotic-resistant STAPH infection. Many of these are life-threatening.
Besides MRSA there are many other superbugs. Take the contagious, antibiotic-resistant CRE for example. A recent study published in the medical journal, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, revealed that cases of CRE increased five-fold in community hospitals from 2008 to 2012 in the Southeastern U.S. And often times, hospitals aren't required to report infection-related deaths. However, the last CDC Study revealed that 18,000 people in the US were killed by infections in 2005. Today, that number is probably much higher.
Superbugs truly are a silent killer. Not just because they're on a microscopic scale and thus it's easy to pick up an infection, but because a large number of people in the world don't know they exist. If you asked a random person on the street, they probably have never heard of it. But they probably saw what Iggy Azalea last tweeted.
And that is part of the problem. The less that people know about it, the less pressure there is on leading figures to lay down an action plan to address it. It also means that people aren't taking steps to protect themselves against this unknown danger. Washing hands can sure lower your risk, but hand soap isn't going to do much against antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
However, there are proven killers of these superbugs and other serious viruses. The same journal that published the report mentioned above, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, confirmed in a separate study that ozone is an effective killer of MRSA, as well as a host of other fungi, viruses, and bacterium. In hotels, schools, daycares, and hospitals, ozone can be used to disinfect entire rooms. Athletes can use ozone to disinfect their hockey, football, lacrosse, and motocross gear. And firefighters can disinfect their bunker gear, or police can disinfect Kevlar vests and tactical suits.
High schools in Carmel, Ind., and Northville, Mich. reported MRSA outbreaks within the past month. The lesson for all high school, collegiate and professional locker rooms: follow the CDC’s recommendation to be more proactive in preventing an outbreak rather than simply cleaning up after one occurs.
Great article in published in WIRED magazine on new technology being used to fight MRSA and other deadly bacteria found in schools, training facilities and even mass transit.
Fresh Gear is used by NHL, NCAA, OHL and Canadian National Teams, as well as firefighters, police, corrections, coast guard and military to kill MRSA and other deadly bacteria before leads to an infection.
MRSA infections have been in the news a lot recently. Is it a new threat?
Have a look at a summary of MRSA infections in the NFL, dating back to 2003...
MRSA: a Silent Danger Lurking in NFL Locker Rooms - ABC News
The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) may advise players of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles not to play on Sunday in Tampa Bay depending on the results of a containment report after three Bucs players have tested positive for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA.
NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith released a statement, saying:
We have been involved in an ongoing review of the MRSA incidents in Tampa Bay initiated by the concerns we had about the manner in which team officials responded to these cases.
We advised the NFL and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that an outside expert should be brought in to assess the situation and we are pleased with their decision to take that recommendation. We have also been in regular contact with the player representatives from Tampa Bay. We will reach out to the Philadelphia Eagles player representatives today and provide them with our best medical guidance and regular updates from the outside experts.
This underscores the need for a League-wide, comprehensive and standardized infectious disease protocol. It also calls for improved accountability measures on health and safety issues by the NFL over the clubs.
Fresh Gear sanitizes football pads and other protective sports gear, as well as the locker rooms and other critical areas that need sanitizing.
We utilize the natural power of ozone to kill germs on all exposed surfaces, drastically reducing the potential for infection. Using Fresh Gear products results in one of the most effective infection control procedures available, when combined with a basic personal hygiene routine.
"The NFL Physicians Society is reminding all team physicians to "remain vigilant" about trying to prevent MRSA infections and says it's acting at the league's request..."
"With no tried and true prevention, the best way to avoid MRSA infections is through hand washing and good hygiene. The close quarters of an NFL locker room...increases the risk of bacteria spreading."
It doesn't matter how tough you are...it only takes one bad infection to take you off the roster...or worse!
Clean your football pads regularly!
by James Antinozzi
James Antinozzi has been in the ozone sanitizing business since 2005, when Ozone Nation Inc. was founded and launched it's flagship product, Fresh Gear.