Variable screening and decolonization protocols for Staphylococcus aureus carriage prior to surgical procedures

Susan Kline, Maya Highness, Loreen A. Herwaldt, Trish M. Perl

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We surveyed the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Research Network, the Minnesota Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the Minnesota Hospital Association to assess presurgical Staphylococcus aureus screening and decolonization practices. The practices varied widely among responding facilities. The majority of respondents (63%) did not screen for S. aureus preoperatively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)880-882
Number of pages3
JournalInfection control and hospital epidemiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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