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6 6 • 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 R C H 2 0 1 7 Y ou've probably been hearing a lot lately about how nasal decolonization is helping hospitals and surgery centers tilt the fight against surgical site infections in their favor. Instead of an antibiotic ointment like mupirocin, you apply a topical antiseptic to reduce the microbial burden in the nares, a reservoir for bacteria that escape typical hygiene proto- cols such as hand washing. Maybe that's why I call nasal decoloniza- tion "hand hygiene for your nose." Hand Hygiene For Your Nose Nasal decolonization gave our existing infection control protocols a boost — without using antibiotics. Anita Mullen, RN, BSN Arlington, Texas • NOSE SWAB A pre-op nurse administers a topical anti- septic to a patient at Baylor Orthopedic and Spine Hospital at Arlington. Baylor Orthopedic & Spine Hospital

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