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Should a mask be worn when caring for a patient with MRSA in the mouth?

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The above answer is not true. MRSA is not airborne!!! It is spread through physical contact. As such, a mask is not necessary. When entering a patient's room who has MRSA, you should wear a gown and gloves; not a mask. While MRSA can be present in sputum, sputum is often too thick to be aerosolized. The only diseases that typically require a mask are tuberculosis and shingles. The former requires an n-95 respirator, and the latter only requires a standard face mask. MRSA is way more prevalent than many people realize. If it was an airborne infection, it's mortality rate would undoubtedly increase immensely.

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Yes, anytime one is working with a patient with MRSA it is important to use a mask and other protective items. MRSA can be spread through coughing, etc., so it is airborne. That's why you need a mask.

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No you do not have to wear a mask, But if you have any cuts, I would be careful as physical contact with that person could cause you to get infected also.

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