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Event :Nasal Decolonization as a Tool for Infection Prevention

Date :Thursday February 21st, 2019

Location :Palo Alto
2479 East Bayshore Road,
Suite 200
94303 Palo Alto, United States

Type :Conference & Seminar - International audience

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This healthcare compliance webinar will focus on the risk of MRSA colonization to patients and others. Attendees will learn the current practice of nasal screening and isolation for MRSA colonized patients will be described as well as universal decolonization as an alternative will also be discussed.


MRSA infections are associated with significant morbidity, patient and family suffering and costs. One NICU MRSA infection has been estimated to cost as much as $27,540. Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) which is a common part of human nasal flora, continues to be a leading cause of outbreaks and health-care-associated infections in neonatal intensive care units. Studies have reported that nasal and skin decolonization has reduced MRSA infections and associated healthcare costs.

Colonization of the nasal passage with MRSA increases the risk of infection to the patient and transmission to other patients on the hands and equipment of healthcare workers. The webinar will detail the costs and challenges of the current approach of nasal screening patients and then placing them in isolation or contact precautions. In addition, an alternative approach called universal decolonization will be described in detail.


  • Describe the risks MRSA nasally colonized patients represent to themselves and others.
  • List two limitations of current screen and isolation programs.
  • Describe the benefits of universal decolonization vs screen and treat approaches.


Sue Barnes

Sue Barnes
Clinical consultant, Clinical Consultant Infection Prevention and Control

Sue Barnes, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is an independent clinical consultant. She was formerly the national director of Infection Prevention for Kaiser Permanente. She is Board certified in Infection Control and Prevention and was granted the designation of Fellow of APIC in 2015 (FAPIC). She has been in the field of Infection Prevention since 1989. She has participated in the development of a number of APIC guides, and served as a speaker for organizations including AORN and APIC. In addition, Sue has been published in journals including AORN Journal, American Journal of Infection Control, The Joint Commission Source for Compliance Strategies and The Permanente Journal. She served on the National APIC Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012, and the San Francisco chapter board of directors from 2007 to 2017.


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Conference address :
Palo Alto
2479 East Bayshore Road,
Suite 200
94303 Palo Alto
United States
tel : +1-888-717-2436
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Nasal Decolonization as a Tool for Infection Prevention Public Health - National Health - Hospital
nasal decolonization, mrsa prevention, mrsa infection prevention, risk of mrsa colonization, risk factors for mrsa colonization, nasal decolonization guidelines, nasal decolonization procedure, nasal decolonization protocol
Nurses Infection Prevention Professionals Other healthcare workers
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