MRSA screening beneficial before pediatric surgery

By: February 28th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

Before conducting open-airway surgery on children, healthcare facilities should screen and treat for MRSA, according to U.S. News and World Report, February 20.

The study, which appeared in Archives of OtolaryngologyHead & Neck Surgery examined 197 open-airway operations at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

While MRSA was present in 32.5 percent of patients, “no MRSA-associated postoperative infections in patients who received antibiotics before, during and after surgery,” according to the report.

The researchers recommend instituting MRSA screening and treatment protocols for patients undergoing airway surgery.


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