Preoperative Staphylococcus Aureus Screening for High Risk Surgery Procedure - Midwest

Name/Title

Preoperative Staphylococcus Aureus Screening for High Risk Surgery Procedure - Midwest (PDF)

Document ID

TS4KSNFPVEZQ-210-18443

Current from

06/06/2019

Coverage

Midwest

Policy Type

Procedure

Summary

WACHS Midwest strive to prevent hospital acquired surgical site infections (HA-SSI) and recommends screening of patients for carriage and/or colonisation with Staphylococcal Aureus (SA) prior to surgery. SA refers to both methicillin-susceptible SA [MSSA] and methicillin-resistant SA [MRSA]. SA is a pathogenic organism that can cause significant infection when it enters the body through broken skin and causes a wide range of clinical disease. Significant morbidity and mortality risks are associated with postoperative SA infection. Preoperative screening of patients is indicated to identify SA carriers to enable targeted decolonisation, and the appropriate choice of prophylaxis in an effort to prevent post-operative SSI's

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