Prevalence and prescreening for S aureus

By Mary Ann Porucznik

Studies examine rates of colonization, effectiveness of detection, eradication

Increasing rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-sensitive S aureus (MSSA) are causing concern among orthopaedic healthcare providers. S aureus is often responsible for hospital-acquired infections, including surgical site infections, and the cost of treating patients infected with resistant strains is substantial. Two studies in the August issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery focus on the prevalence of S aureus colonization among healthcare providers and the effectiveness of prescreening programs in reducing surgical site infections.

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