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did anyone else have to do this before surgery?

ileneiilene Posts: 140
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:34 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Also today at pre surgical testing I was instructed to buy a special antibacterial soap to use the night before surgery, wash all over, neck down, and leave soap on for 2 min before washing off, wash face and hair with own soaps. In morning if I want to shower again, was told to use same soap but that I do not have to leave it on for 2 minutes before washing off. They do this to minimize infection.They also gave me a prescription for an antibiotic that i have to use in my nose 2 times a day for 5 days before surgery. They took a culture of my nose. The medicine is given to everyone having surgery, the culture is done to all spine and joint replacement surgeries. They do this to minimize infection. Has anyone else had to do this, or anything similar, was told they are doing this for about 1 year.


  • Have had to wash with the surgical soap before at home for some surgeries.

    Nasal wash-depends what they looking for. At risk patients get nasal cultures for different things. Suppose maybe checking for MRSA in your nares? Haven't heard of it for preop, but is common to do for admissions of patients who are at risk, like nursing home patients. Sure wouldn't want my bones to get MRSA in them. Kind of protects you in more ways-if it is negative and heaven forbid you get a postop MRSA infection, you know it's from the hospital and not already carried in your body.

    My doc makes all of his patients get an HIV test prior to any surgery. I thought that one was a little weird, would make more sense to check for MRSA or something else.
  • Actually now that I think about it, that is one of the things they are checking for....guess they are just being extra precautious, whitch is good!

    In a way I can understand a surgeon testing for HIV, he doesn't want to take any chance on getting it himself....there was a thorastic surgeon (in NY), who actually operated on many patients, some of which later tested positive to HIV, they got it from him!

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  • With my first surgery I was not instructed to do any of what you describe. With my second surgery this past January with a different surgeon, I was given a bottle of some sort of antibiotic cleanser and told to use it the night before and then, the morning of surgery.

    Along these lines, why don't they make operating room staff change into scrubs right before surgery? How clean are their clothes, after they have worn them around the hospital all day. Also, you see medical staff wearing them outside the hospital, running errands, etc. but perhaps they aren't operating room staff.

    I was terrified of infection.
  • I had to use it on my daughter before she had open-heart surgery in 1997 but never for any of MY 3 surgeries.

    Go figure.

  • For my 2nd surgery I had to shower the night before and again the next morning with antibacterial soap. Nothing else though, no medication, etc.. Funny though, for my last surgery this wasn't required altough the surgery was over 8 hours long. Different strokes different doctors?
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  • The nasal swab is to test for MRSA. My doctor explained that if it shows up positive, the hospital staff has to wear gowns and gloves around you. That is to minimize spreading it to other patients. I didn't have to use any special soap, or take antibiotics, before or after.

  • I had to use antibacterial wipes the night before and the morning of my surgery but no nasal swab was done. I wish they had been as thorough as it sounds like your doctors are because I developed MRSA after my surgery. The infection caused a large abscess in the muscles between my bones and skin. Because of it they had to operate again. Be thankful that your doctors are being so cautious. I was in a nursing home for 2 weeks following my surgery so it isn't clear where or when I contracted the MRSA but I say hurrah for your doctors for doing everything they can for you!
  • Had to use the hibiclens wash 3 days prior to surgery. No nasal swabs/testing. I would be glad to do any kind of infection control before surgery. There are so many bad "bugs" out there now.
  • Please don't get me wrong, I am happy for all the precautions for surgery, just know my mom had a hip replacement in April and a knee last year and she had none of these done. Was wondering if this is a new thing doctors and hospitals are doing, or if it unique. I am dilligent in using the ointment in my nose, it says to rub the nostrils for 1 min, I time myself, and make sure it is at least a minute, usually doing it a bit longer, can't hurt for it to get absorbed in nose, don't need it coming out. As for the soap I will use it too, just am a bit afraid that I have very sensitive skin, just hoping I don't itch from it, but if I do, I do.....

    Thanks for all the notes on this, so sorry that you (Jenny) has so many problems.

  • you should not itch with the soap. It usually does not cause any reactions. Our surgeons do not require nose swabs here in shreveport but i think that is a good idea. when is your surgery
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