Prescreening, mupirocin and chlorhexidine can cut risk of surgical site infections

09/30/2013 |

Surgical site infection risk in elective orthopedic surgery patients may be minimized through hygienic practices, according to a study in The Spine Journal. Researchers suggested that implementation of a prescreening program and use of mupirocin ointment and chlorhexidine soap/shower can lower the risk of nosocomial Staphylococcus aureus infections. Evidence also supports the use of betadine irrigation and application of vancomycin powder to reduce infection risk.

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