Infection Prevention

The Center for Disease Control, in Atlanta, estimates that 40 - 60% of Surgical Site Infections are are preventable.

  • To minimize infections, most patients will be given doses of antibiotics in the Operating Room.
  • Inform us of any allergies, so we can make the appropriate choice of antibiotic.
Decolonization Kits and instructions will be supplied for:
  • Neuro - Head and Spine surgeries
  • Cardiac - CABG and Valve surgeries
  • Ortho - Joint replacements
  • ENT - All neck dissections
  • Gastro-intestinal - Colon surgeries

The kit contains nasal cream, mouth gargle and body soap. All items should be used in the 5 days before surgery, and for the last time on the day of surgery.