Nasal antiseptics

Nasal antiseptics

Alcohol based nasal decolonization with a pleasant citrus scent.

NASAL ANTISEPTICS Nasal decolonization has been used for several high-risk procedures such as cardiothoracic and orthopedic surgeries.

Nasal decolonization. The practice of nasal decolonization using a topical antibiotic in specific patient populations has been largely replaced with non-antibiotic nasal antiseptics that to date have not shown any antimicrobial resistance, says Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, president of Infection Control Consulting Services.

“They’re fast acting, have a persistence that lasts for several hours before having to reapply, and the alcohol-based product has a pleasant citrus aroma,” adds Ms. Segal.

Nasal bacteria are a primary component in the spread of infection. Nasal antiseptics have obviated the need to apply the antibiotic product for 5 to 10 days, which often results in non-compliance and antimicrobial resistance. In addition, nasal antiseptic decolonization is replacing the need to “screen and isolate” patients colonized with multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus such as MRSA, which saves money, time and other resources.


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