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Nasal Decolonization Slashed Our SSI Rates
The simple pre-op practice eliminated infections and saved our hospital several hundred thousand dollars.
Susan Franklin
Publish Date: February 3, 2021   |  Tags:   Infection Prevention
DOLLARS AND SENSE Standardized nasal decolonization is a cost-effective alternative to treatment with mupirocin ointment.   |   Pamela Bevelhymer

The couple minutes you spend applying a nasal antiseptic to joint replacement patients before they undergo surgery is well worth your time. I tested the impact nasal decolonization had on my hospital's hip and knee arthroplasty outcomes and discovered the easy-to-apply method improved an already low SSI rate — and resulted in more than $400,000 in avoided costs associated with treating post-op infections. Before achieving these impressive results, we had to reassess how patients were prepped for procedures and determine the best approach moving forward.

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