In this trial of 917 pre-operative patients with positive nasal swabs for staph, they were randomized to placebo or decolonization (with nasal mupiricin and chlorhexidine baths for 5 days). The rate of post-operative staph surgical site infections was 3.4% in the decolonization group versus 7.7% in the placebo group. Staph surgical site infections can be reduced by identifying and decolonizing staph carriers (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.