Considering my experience within funeral service and wrestling as well, I am extremely concerned about the recent media coverage of staph infection. Seriously folks, there are people dying out there from infections, and unless we pay immediate attention to what we are doing, one of our own could be next.
The term MRSA, or methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is used to describe dangerous strains of bacteria that have grown resistant to commonly used antibiotics. Methicillin was an antibiotic used many years ago to treat patients with Staphylococcus aureus infections. It is now no longer used except as a means of identifying this particular type of antibiotic resistance. The organism Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) is found on many healthy people’s skin and causes no major problems. However, if it gets inside the body, for instance under the skin or into the lungs, it can cause perilous infections such as boils or pneumonia.
Staph infections have ALWAYS been a problem in professional wrestling. My own son Daniel, acquired one early in his ring career last year and had to be hospitalized. It's not something to play with! There was, and still is, a real need to clean filthy ring gear, and the ring itself! A recent analysis of sports equipment has shown that it harbors mold, fungus, ecoli, blood, and Staphylococcus bacteria (the strain that causes MRSA) growing on the equipment.
Promoters have a duty to make certain that their equipment is clean, and that their wrestlers are protected. Talent themselves should ALWAYS pay close attention to any open wound, and wash your gear after every event!
A WORD TO THE WISE!