, Volume 471, Issue 11, pp 3709-3711
Date: 07 Sep 2013

Letter to the Editor

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To the Editor:

We read the report by Chen and colleagues with great interest. In their study, the authors studied whether Staphylococcus aureus screening and decolonization strategy reduce surgical site infections in orthopaedic surgery [3]. This question is of great concern as S aureus is a major risk factor for surgical site infections, notably in orthopaedic surgery [2, 6]. Despite some well-conducted studies, we believe that no clear conclusions can be made because of the inclusion of heterogeneous patients and the types of surgery. Chen and colleagues included 19 studies related to orthopaedic surgery in their review — many with questionable methodologies. The authors concluded that all of the studies showed a reduction in surgical site infections or wound complications by instituting S aureus screening and decolonization [3]. We disagree with this analysis. It seems the authors considered the entire data from the Bode et al. study and not data from its orthopaedic population [3].

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(Re: Chen FA, Wessel CB, Rao N. Staphylococcus aureus Screening and Decolonization in Orthopaedic Surgery and Reduction of Surgical Site Infections. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013;471:2383–2399).
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