Nasal Carriage of Staphylococcus aureus among Surgeons and Surgical Residents: A Nationwide Prevalence Study

J.L.A. van Vugt*, R.J.S. Coelen, D.W. van Dam, B. Winkens, J.P.M. Derikx, E.R. Heddema, J.H.M.B. Stoot

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Background: Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriage is an independent risk factor for developing nosocomial infections and for developing surgical site infection (SSI) in particular. The number of post-operative nosocomial S. aureus infections can be reduced by screening patients and decolonizing nasal carriers. In addition to patients, health care workers may also be S. aureus nasal carriers. The aim of this study was to explore S. aureus nasal carriage rates among surgeons. Methods: Nasal swabs were collected from surgeons and surgical residents during a national surgical congress. The control group consisted of non-hospitalized patients. Staphylococcus aureus carriage was detected using selective chromogenic agars by use of a fully automated inoculator. Suspected colonies were identified further by positive catalase and slide coagulation reactions. Results: Samples were collected from 366 surgeons and surgical residents and 950 control patients. The S. aureus nasal carriage rate among surgeons and residents was significantly greater compared with the control group (45.4% versus 30.8%, odds ratio [OR] 1.86 [1.45-2.38], p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-182
JournalSurgical Infections
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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