Hi all. I posted a MRSA question last Fall and here I am again with yet another question. I have tried, without success, to find an answer online, so please know I did some homework before posting.
How long is one considered contagious following a MRSA infection/outbreak?
A family member was recently hospitalized with what was thought to be a spider bite, and found to be MRSA. Three days of hospitalization and IV meds, then D/C-ed home. He works in food preparation at a local restaurant. He was told by the nurse that "the only way anyone could get MRSA from him was if they licked his wound". (Yes, that sounded so professional to me, as well.) Meanwhile, he is still on PO meds and was told to put his old bandages in a sip lock bag when disposing it. (Those last two things tell me that he is still contagious.) I sent the family to many informative websites, including Mayo Clinic and the CDC, to no avail.
I'm not a new grad, have been nursing for 20 years this month, and yet my family insists on listening to this guy talk about how he's not contagious and no one should worry about catching anything. I have a some chronically ill family members (sarcoidosis, immunosuppressed form a liver transplant awaiting on a kidney transplant, heart valve, and others) who probably shouldn't come anywhere near him for awhile, at least until the wound heals over, yet the family prefers to listen to the MRSA person. I am getting a little tired of being ignored by family who are taking medical education from a person who, let's just say has a bit of a past with drugs, alcohol, stealing, jail, you name it.
Anyway, if anyone can assist me with the answser to the bolded question, I would be appreciative! And if anyone has ever had family members want your medical advice, then ignore it because it is not what they want to hear, please send some help this way! I could use it!
Many thanks for listening to my rant.