Preventing Surgical Site Infections Through Preoperative MRSA Decolonization

In a previous post I touched on the infection risk associated with surgical procedures in hospitals, and the very real health threat posed by surgical site infections (SSI’s). I’d like to revisit SSI’s (and will likely do so again in the future), since they represent the largest subset of hospital-acquired infections and are particularly related to Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA.

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Infectious Disease Society of America Takes a Stand on MRSA Treatment

So how did you ring in the New Year….champagne?…fireworks?…resolutions? The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) marked the occasion by releasing its very first official practice guidelines on treatment of MRSA infections in hospitals. These guidelines, published in the latest issue of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases,1 are the first from this organization to specifically address MRSA as opposed to more general infection control procedures. Read More

The Nose – “Ground Zero” for MRSA colonization

Staphylococcus aureus is a pretty versatile bug, meaning it dedicates a lot of its time and resources to developing ways to live happily on all kinds of tissue surfaces. As you’ve probably heard, we all have bacteria living all over on us and in us at all times. From the time you eat your first meal, you’ve got them throughout your digestive tract, and even earlier than that every inch of your skin is covered with bacterial cells. Fun fact – you have far, far more bacterial cells associated with you than you actually have of your own cells (by about 10 to 1)! Read More

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