I worked in home health care and was around numerous patients who had MRSA. I was not always aware that the patient had MRSA. I used universal precautions, but I still had a feeling that I had MRSA. I decided to leave home health nursing and accepted job in long-term care/assisted living. I gave notice with my current employer and had physical by new employers doctors. The physical was completed with no problems. I decided to have physical by my physicians assistant and asked to have nose swab done. The specimen came back with colonized MRSA. I started Bactroban one week ago. Do I have to report this to my new employer, as I am starting work in one week and feel that they will pass on employing me? I was also advised that the only accurate way that MRSA can be identified is if there is a boil or wound to culture it that the nares is not completely accurate way to test. Does this mean that I have to report this to everyone? Information is so confusing.
Dear Donna replies:
I am not an expert on MRSA, but the bottom line is whether or not you are contagious. Check with your primary healthcare provider (PHP) about this. If you are contagious, I think you would have an obligation to report it to your employer, although I dont think your PHP would advise you to work in a healthcare setting if you were. Please check with your PHP about how to proceed.
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