-- Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Screening and treatment for
antibiotic-resistant bacteria benefits children undergoing
open-airway surgery, according to a new study.
After open-airway surgery, infection with methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus can be a "devastating complication," so
the development and use of an MRSA-screening and treatment regimen
is essential, according to background information in the study.
The researchers analyzed 197 open-airway operations conducted on
children from January 2007 to March 2009 at the Cincinnati
Children's Hospital Medical Center.
The overall prevalence of MRSA in the patients was 32.5 percent,
but there were no MRSA-associated postoperative infections in
patients who received antibiotics before, during and after surgery.
That finding is consistent with previous studies.
The study appears in the February issue of the
Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery.
"In view of our results, we advise instituting MRSA screening and treatment protocols in patients undergoing airway surgery," Dr. Melissa McCarty Statham, of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and colleagues said in a journal news release.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
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