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A 36-year-old male asked:

Is it possible to protect yourself from catching mrsa, c.diff during a surgery and hospital stay? or you are doomed to get these and other hospital acquired infections?

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Dr. Arnold Lentnek
Dr. Arnold Lentnekanswered
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
MRSA is a particular strain of Staph that is more common in the hospital but is also present in the community. You can get it from any door handle, shopping cart or public event. (Again, sl more common in hospital or NH) C dif bacteria is present in the bowel of 5-10% of people. Among elderly or chronically ill, rises to 40-50%. You can get it by contact with them. For both, wash hands

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