March 1, 2010

Preventing S aureus infections: What’s needed for screening?

By: Cynthia Saver, RN, MS

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that treating patients who are Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriers with mupirocin nasal ointment and chlorhexidine gluconate soap for 5 days reduces hospital-associated postoperative S aureus infection by 60%.

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