IBJI physicians at Glenview are at the forefront of a growing trend in surgery that drastically cuts post-operative infections. Best of all, it's easy, painless and inexpensive.
It began in late 2003 when Dr. Lance Peterson, at Evanston Northwestern Hospital (ENH) in Glenview, IL, approached IBJI surgeons James Kudrna and William Robb. Promising research being done in Europe led Dr. Peterson, an infection disease specialist, into partnership with Dr. Kudrna and Dr. Robb in order to hospital-borne infections. The ENH pilot program involved the physicians performing a simple pre-operative nasal swab on their patients undergoing Total Knee and Total Hip Arthrosplasty. This screening protocol reliably identified the presence of the bacteria, Staphylococcus Aureus (or S. Aureus), which is responsible for the majority of post-surgical infections. Though the media have focused recently on MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), non-MRSA staph infections are actually much more common in patients recuperating from surgery and can be just as serious.