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3-Minute Turnover - December 2018 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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5 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 F irst, some good news. Superbug infections are slowing down somewhat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last month that patients' risk of acquiring healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) caused by superbug strains of Clostridium difficile or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) dropped by 16% between 2011 and 2015, as well as a 6% decrease in surgical site infections (SSIs). Now, a dose of reality. The American College of Surgeons says SSIs are still the most common cause of HAIs and cost the healthcare system an estimated $10 billion to treat each year. More importantly, patients Maureen Spencer, MEd, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC | Boston, Mass. 6 Ways to Stamp Out Superbugs Healthcare-associated infections are on the decline, but antibiotic-resistant bacteria remain a constant threat. • TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING Be sure to discontinue antibiotic prophylaxis within 24 hours of surgery to avoid the antibiotic overuse that has led to the proliferation of superbugs. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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