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 the patient’s own nose.
On the basis of new reimbursement policies and significant recent studies, facilities and hospitals recognize the imperative of patient nasal carriage reduction programs such as Universal Decontamination (HCA Hospitals), pre-operative screen and treat, and mupirocin use prior to surgery. Research also indicates that including nasal hygiene for health care workers (HCW) can also be beneficial. For more information see “Why You Need Nasal Sanitizer”.
The Medical University of South Carolina initiated a clinical study that incorporated Nozin Nasal Sanitizer (see link at clinicaltrials.gov). The study is now complete and the results are published in the American Journal of Infection Control.