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Current Practice in Staphylococcus aureus Screening and Decolonization

  • Daniel Diekema (a1), Birgir Johannsson (a1), Loreen Herwaldt (a1), Susan Beekmann (a1), John Jernigan (a2), Alexander Kallen (a2), Sandra Berrios-Torres (a2) and Philip Polgreen (a1) (a3)...


We surveyed infectious disease physicians to determine their preoperative Staphylococcus aureus screening and decolonization practices. Sixty percent reported preoperative screening for S. aureus. However, specific screening and decolonization practices are highly variable, are focused almost exclusively on methicillin-resistant S. aureus, and do not include testing for mupirocin or chlorhexidine resistance.


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SW 54 General Hospital, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242 (


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