OR Today: AORN Recommends Nasal Decolonization with PVP-I
OR Today Magazine recently published an article entitled AORN Recommends Nasal Decolonization with PVP-I, which discusses the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) updated recommendations on the “Guideline for Preoperative Skin Antisepsis,” intending to assist healthcare professionals in navigating risk-based decisions for developing preoperative decolonization programs.
Excerpt from the article:
“PDI Healthcare’s Profend Nasal Decolonization Kit is a Povidone-Iodine (PVP-I) antiseptic product specifically designed to be used in the nose. In accordance with the new guideline, Profend swabsticks proactively defend surgical from infections related to Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) or Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
To help reduce this risk, PVP-I provides a broad-spectrum antiseptic that has been proven effective in reducing both S. aureus and MRSA with no known bacterial resistance, an added advantage over the widely used nasal antibiotic mupirocin. Profend swabsticks are pre-saturated with 10% w/w PVP-I that can be used for nasal decolonization of almost all patients. The Profend Nasal Decolonization Kits come in sets of four swabs applied for just fifteen seconds each for a total application time of 60 seconds. When administered by a clinician in compliance with manufacturer’s instructions, this procedure kills 99.7% of S. aureus at 10 minutes and 99.9% at 12 hours.”