Universal staphylococcal decolonization for elective surgeries: The patient perspective

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      Staphylococcal decolonization decreases the risk of Staphylococcus aureus surgical site infection. This study evaluates patient perceptions and barriers to a universal Staphylococcal decolonization (USD) protocol.


      In October 2013, a protocol for the decolonization of Staphylococcal aureus in elective orthopedic, neurosurgical, and cardiac surgeries was implemented in an effort to further decrease post-operative infections rates. We surveyed patients undergoing these procedures between November 2014 and April 2015 using an anonymous, voluntary, Likert-scale survey; survey questions targeted compliance with the protocol as well as barriers to protocol completion.


      A sample of 546 patients (n=1289, 42%) undergoing elective neurosurgical and orthopedic surgeries completed surveys. Respondents had 85% compliance with USD. Insufficient time prior to the procedure to complete the protocol was the largest barrier to USD completion.


      This study provides evidence that USD is acceptable to patients, and that the biggest barriers are logistical.

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