New Guidelines to Help Prevent Staph Infections in Hospital

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By Molly Clifton

A research team at the University of Iowa has created a list of hospital guidelines to reduce staph infections after surgery.

Past studies have shown that patients undergoing heart surgery or joint replacement procedures often infect themselves with their own bacteria.

Researchers recommend swabbing patients’ noses before surgery.

For those with staph naturally in their noses, the recommendations include applying an ointment and giving the patients a specific antibiotic.

All other patients would receive a more general antibiotic to prevent infections.

 

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