Nasal Decolonization Improves Care and Costs in Infection Control

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, Hospital acquired infections (HAIs), including the infections caused by Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), are costing hospitals more than $30 billion per year. New federal health care rules are also reducing reimbursements to hospitals for HAI treatment. Studies show that nasal carriage plays a major role in HAI and Surgical Site Infections (SSI) and that infection control protocols which include nasal decolonization reduced infections by 44%. Nasal decolonization is a promising opportunity for infection control and remains under-utilized. The nasal vestibule is a critical [...] Read more »

Universal Versus Targeted Decolonization: Newer Strategies to Prevent Transmission by Phenelle Segal

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Despite significant advances in the reduction of healthcare-associated methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the process for prevention of transmission remains tedious, time consuming, demanding of healthcare personnel, costly and, oftentimes, unsuccessful. The traditional approach to prevention of transmission of multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) has included screening for colonization (e.g., MRSA screening of the nares (either “whole-house” or high-risk patients)), rectal swabs for vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), decolonization strategies particularly for MRSA, good hand hygiene and isolation precautions for all MDROs. Decolonization, whether targeted or universal, includes the use of a topical [...] Read more »

Emerging Strategies on Achieving Nasal Decolonization for Reducing Hospital Acquired Infections – White Paper available for download

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Nasal decolonization is an important topic which is covered in the whitepaper “Emerging Strategies on Achieving Nasal Decolonization for Reducing Hospital Acquired Infections” (download here). Studies show that nasal carriage plays a major role in HAI and SSI and that infection control protocols which include nasal decolonization reduced infections by 44%. Nasal decolonization is a promising opportunity for infection control and remains under-utilized. Hand to nose contact occurs about every 4 minutes on average, often compromising hand hygiene and risking contamination. 80% of SSI pathogens’ DNA can be tracked to [...] Read more »

Global Handwashing Day is October 15

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Global Handwashing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. Celebrated annually on October 15, Global Handwashing Day was founded by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing, and is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times. Global Handwashing Day is designed to: Foster and support a global and local culture of [...] Read more »