StaphAseptic, a New Over-the-Counter Wound Care Treatment, Aims to Help Parents Win the War against MRSA

April 24, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
Tec Laboratories, Inc. has introduced StaphAseptic, an OTC wound care treatment that kills the bacteria that causes MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Cuts, scrapes and abrasions are common entry points for MRSA bacteria that lead to staph infection. StaphAseptic is applied to wounds and kills the bacteria to prevent a potentially deadly infection. There is now one more tool for parents in the battle against staph infections.

“About 10 years ago my brother, our vice president of operations, got a staph infection after he nicked himself shaving,” said Steve Smith, president and chief executive officer of Tec Labs. “That incident was the catalyst for developing StaphAseptic. The recent outbreaks of MRSA across the U.S. simply added a sense of urgency.”

The Challenge for Parents

“It should be automatic that parents take immediate preventive actions because of the problems we are seeing with MRSA,” say Dr. Mark Christensen, a Utah pharmacist. “We have great fears that community acquired MRSA staph infections will increase dramatically—because of what we’ve seen in the hospitals. So even if a child comes in with a little “owie” parents should do preventive measures like washing with a good soap and applying StaphAseptic, along with a bandage. That should be basic care for kids now days.”

MRSA—A Ticking Time Bomb

According to Dr. Dave Bearden, a clinical associate professor at Oregon State University and a clinician specializing in infectious diseases, MRSA has kept a low profile in hospitals for over 20 years, but has recently reared its head outside of hospitals. “Since 2000 we have increasingly seen MRSA as a growing cause of infection outside of the hospital,” says Bearden. “Recent reports suggest that nearly 60% of all pus-forming skin infections in emergency rooms across the country are caused by MRSA. Limiting the spread of the organism in schools and sports will continue to be a major problem.”

Dr. Bearden also points out the impact MRSA has had in sports. “The St. Louis Rams made headlines in the New England Journal of Medicine for a well publicized outbreak of MRSA skin infections,” says Bearden. “Infection has also been well documented in otherwise healthy children, and athletes at all levels. This MRSA strain appears to be more aggressive than other strains of bacteria, and has caused severe infections.” Additionally, the Cleveland Browns football team has been hit hard, losing several players to MRSA staph infection.

Dr. Peter Coelho, a physician who works with athletes at California’s San Benito High School is also worried about the effect on high schools and athletics. “This bug scares the daylights out of me. It’s a ticking time bomb in high school sports, especially football and wrestling….It’s only a matter of time,” said Coelho. Other parts of the country have also begun battling the super bug. Last month three schools in Ohio’s York City school district were closed due to a staph infection outbreak.

What Can Parents Do to Try and Avoid a MRSA Infection?

“In non-infected patients, hand washing, coverage and care of wounds, and limiting shared personal items (e.g., towels, razors) are important. Patients infected with MRSA should take caution to limit exposure of the wound to others,” says Bearden.

Cuts, scrapes and abrasions on children are common entry points for MRSA bacteria that lead to staph infection. Parents can apply StaphAseptic to minor wounds to kill the bacteria to help prevent a MRSA related staph infection.

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About Tec Labs

Tec Laboratories, Inc. is an innovator of over-the-counter topical pharmaceuticals and the developer of breakthrough technologies in this area. Founded in 1977, Tec Labs has been protecting consumers and industrial workers for more than 29 years. Their product line includes Tecnu, Tecnu Extreme, Calagel, Licefreee! and Corticool.

In April 2006, Tec Labs ranked #1 overall in The Scientist magazine’s Best Places to Work in Industry Survey. The survey was conducted among companies from 21 countries, including the U.S., Canada and Europe.