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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Infection Control - May 2019

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6 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 1 9 W hen patients arrive at our hospital's same day sur- gery unit, we give them a package of 2% chlorhex- idine wipes and ask them to rub down the surgi- cal site. Then, about an hour before their proce- dure, a pre-op nurse snaps open an ampule con- taining an alcohol-based sanitizer and instructs them to swab the inside of each nostril. Staphylococcus aureus pathogens that lurk in the nares are killed in a matter of minutes. We Succeeded With Nasal Decolonization Our protocol is easy to implement, cost-effective and widely accepted by patients. • NEW APPROACH Saint Francis Hospital eliminated the need for patients to perform nasal decolonization at home in favor of an onsite program — and its SSI rate has steadily declined. Kate Johnston/Saint Francis Hospital Joanne M. Epstein, BSN, RN, CNOR | Wilmington, Del.

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