Why do we recommend a whole-body decolonization prior to your hospitalization?
Bacterial colonization on the body of healthy individuals is quite normal, physiologic, and even beneficial, e.g. for the skin’s protective acidic mantle. But there are situations and circumstances where these microorganisms may cause complications, especially during hospitalization.
In individuals with a weakened immune system, for example, such normally harmless bacteria or pathogens can cause severe infections or more serious diseases. This can lead to severe complications and delayed recovery or healing. Additionally, a critical risk is the transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) from the skin into wounds or the blood during surgery.
As MDRO colonization constitutes a relevant risk factor for the individual patient and other hospitalized patients, one current approach in many hospitals is to screen patients for MDROs, especially prior to surgeries. Thus, if patients are found to have multidrug-resistant pathogens, in most cases they must be immediately isolated or sent back home and surgery or other treatment is postponed.