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!
More MRSA misery for the Bucs...
The Cleveland Browns lost several players to MRSA a few years back. Bentley's career was cut short. He sued the Browns.
We have to treat this invisible enemy for seriously.
NFL Kicker out for season due to serious MRSA infection.
Every year more athletes, including the pros, are getting nasty MRSA infections enduring much pain and suffering and losing valuable game time.
The best infection control is keeping yourself and your gear clean after every game and practice.
Basketballs, volleyballs can be magnets for bacteria, study finds
In order to enable the sanitizing of hard surface items like balls, toys and gym equipment, each RSS and Cyclone have steel shelves included with each purchase. For Storm customers, they will be a $300 option. The shelves are quickly and easily removable to enable the perforated piping to be re-installed for protective sports gear and other garments.
Use of Gaseous Ozone for Eradication of Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus From the Home Environment of a Colonized Hospital Employee
Summary of Study: An intensive care nurse with eczema was repeatedly treated for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriage. Because cultures remained positive for MRSA, her house was investigated. Thirty-four percent of environmental samples yielded MRSA. Her children and cat were free of MRSA.
The house was decontaminated with gaseous ozone. All subsequent cultures were negative for MRSA.
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The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) represents and supports 30,000 members of the athletic training profession through education and research.
NATA’s official statement regarding MRSA prevention recommends the following 10 precautions be taken, Fresh Gear can help with points 5 & 6:
Like your mom always told you, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".
Especially when it comes to avoiding superbugs like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA.
The consequences of becoming infected by MRSA can be life threatening or result in years of pain and rehabilitation.
A picture is worth a thousand words...
Drug-resistant pathogens are killing more than 23,000 in the U.S. each year, says a landmark study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. READ Toronto Star article.
The threat posed by Superbugs is not going away. We need to be aware and react accordingly.
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.