Effectiveness of Screening and Decolonization of S. aureus to Prevent S. aureus Surgical Site Infections in Surgery Outpatients


The purpose of this study is to determine the most effective ways to get rid of Staph aureus on body surfaces before surgery. We will determine if the participants can effectively get rid of the bacteria with the simple application of various treatment methods assigned to them. We will study if these methods are useful and cost effective in preventing the infections after surgery.

I'm interested

Male or Female
18 years and over
This study is also accepting healthy volunteers
Inclusion Criteria:

• at least 18 years old
• people who are scheduled for orthopedic, urology, neuro, otolaryngology, plastic and general surgery or OB/GYN surgery
• surgery is scheduled for at least 10 days following entry into the study
• have not taken antibiotics in the week before surgery
• will have a skin incision
Exclusion Criteria:

• surgery scheduled less than 10 days after the baseline cultures
Pragya Karki -
Susan Kline, MD