DEBORAH® Heart and Lung Center MRSA Decolonization Instructions
In the past few years the United States has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people colonized and infected with a bacteria or ‘germ’ resistant to many antibiotics that is called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This bacterium has been found in your nose, (nares), and your doctor has prescribed medicine for you that will remove it. The removal of MRSA is called decolonization and it is done to prevent spreading this bacteria to others as well as to protect you during your operative period.
For most patients, decolonization will begin at home or on your first day of your hospital stay.
The directions below describe the most effective approach for successfully removing MRSA from your body and nares.
The treatment for this is very simple and consists of two parts. One part requires that a nasal ointment, called Mupiricin, be rubbed into each of your nostrils twice a day for 5 days.
The other part of the treatment consists of taking a shower or bath using Hibiclens® soap daily for 5 days while you are using the nasal ointment. The nasal ointment will be called into your pharmacy by your doctor and you have received an ample supply of the soap, (Hibiclens). Specific directions for each portion are to the right.
Please contact our Infection Control Department at 609-893-1200 Extension 5303 for any questions.