Tune into the AORN Hot Topic on Nasal Decolonization with PDI

Categories: Events January 13, 2022
Nasal Decolonization

Join PDI Clinical Science Liaison Deva Rea, MPH, BSN, RN, CIC, and AORN Perioperative Practice Specialist, Karen deKay, MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC, for an informative recorded webinar on “Nasal Decolonization: Who Nose the New Guidelines Best?” to learn more about nasal decolonization recommendations in the new AORN Guideline for Preoperative Skin Antisepsis Guideline.

Surgical site infections (SSIs) remain the most common healthcare-associated infection (HAI) in the United States, representing a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is often the cause of SSIs arising from bacteria colonizing the patient’s anterior nares. Decolonization of the anterior nares provides an important strategy in the prevention of SSIs. Protocols for nasal decolonization prior to surgical procedures vary by institution, and the newly updated Guideline for Preoperative Skin Antisepsis Guideline will assist healthcare professionals with navigating risk-based decisions for developing preoperative decolonization programs at their facilities.


After completing this continuing education activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Review the significance of nasal decolonization in surgical site infection (SSI) prevention.
  2. Discuss recommended decolonization protocols utilized in SSI prevention programs.
  3. Outline strategies for implementing preoperative nasal PVP-I decolonization protocols in healthcare facilities.

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