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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Cost Justification - January 2017

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3 4 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 A bout one-third of your patients are carriers of Staphylococcus aureus. They likely don't know it. And nei- ther do you. But their nose knows. That's right. The nose has been long known to be a primary reservoir of S. aureus. Patients who carry staph bacte- ria in their nares are at increased risk for surgical site infections that are The Nose Knows: Stop Staph Where It Lurks For a small cost, nasal decolonization can pack a big punch in the fight against SSIs. Daniel Cook | Executive Editor • THE NOSE HAS IT Staphylococcus aureus is commonly carried in the nasal passages. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN caused by this bacteria. Thanks to the recent development of several low-cost nasal decolonization options, you can screen, swab and sanitize patients' nares before surgery in order reduce the risk of post-op infection. Is this ounce of SSI prevention worth a pound of cure? • Screen select patients. Should you screen every patient for S. aureus? That might not be necessary. "You have to consider the types of sur- geries you're performing, the patients

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