Patient Instructions from Sparrow Hospital: Preoperative S. aureus Decolonization to Prevent Surgical Site Infection

Sparrow Hospital

Lansing, Michigan, USA


This instruction sheet provides detailed instructions for showering with antiseptic soap and is given to all patients prior to joint replacement surgery to lower the risk of surgical site infection.



This document was initially created as part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Project JOINTS initiative, funded by the federal government, in support of implementing the evidence-based interventions recommended in the How-to Guide: Prevent Surgical Site Infection for Hip and Knee Arthroplasty.

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