Decolonization of Staphylococcus aureus

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Staphylococcus aureus infections are associated with increased morbidity, mortality, hospital stay, and health care costs. S aureus colonization has been shown to increase risk for invasive and noninvasive infections. Decolonization of S aureus has been evaluated in multiple patient settings as a possible strategy to decrease the risk of S aureus transmission and infection. In this article, we review the recent literature on S aureus decolonization in surgical patients, patients with recurrent skin and soft tissue infections, critically ill patients, hospitalized non–critically ill patients, dialysis patients, and nursing home residents to inform clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-133
Number of pages27
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • Chlorhexidine bathing
  • Decolonization
  • Nasal mupirocin
  • Staphylococcus aureus colonization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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