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bout one-third of your
patients are carriers of
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:
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.
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
• 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