Decolonization, also bacterial decolonization, is a medical intervention that attempts to rid a patient of an antimicrobial resistant pathogen, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or antifungal-resistant Candida.
|Other names||Bacterial decolonization. Decolonisation.|
|Specialty||Infectious disease, infection control|
By pre-emptively treating patients who have become colonized with an antimicrobial resistant organism, the likelihood of the patient going on to develop life-threatening health care-associated infections is reduced. Common sites of bacterial colonization include the nasal passage, groin, oral cavity and skin.
- Septimus, Edward J.; Schweizer, Marin L. (27 January 2016). "Decolonization in Prevention of Health Care-Associated Infections". Clinical Microbiology Reviews. 29 (2): 201–222. doi:10.1128/CMR.00049-15. PMC 4786886. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
- "Antifungal Resistance | Fungal Diseases | CDC". www.cdc.gov. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
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