Is there a role for routine decolonization of patients undergoing spine surgery? If so, what is the optimal agent(s)?

Authors: Alexander Vaccaro, Barrett Boody

RECOMMENDATION: There is evidence to support the use of institutionalized screening and decolonization programs in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriers to reduce the rate of surgical site infection (SSI), however the optimum agents for decolonization have not been determined.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Limited

DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 91%, Disagree: 0%, Abstain: 9% (Super Majority, Strong Consensus)

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