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Xpert® SA Nasal Complete

Pre-surgical testing of S. aureus and MRSA in about an hour

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Xpert<sup>®</sup> SA Nasal Complete

The Need


Staphylococcus aureus infections are an increasingly serious public health issue. Colonized patients at risk for serious complications include surgical, trauma, burn and dialysis patients:

  • S. aureus colonized patients are up to 9 times more likely to develop surgical site infections than non-carriers1
  • S. aureus is the major cause of access infections and bacteremia in dialysis patients2
  • Carriage is the major risk factor for infection with S. aureus in dialysis patients4
  • Up to 93% of nosocomial S. aureus infections are caused by a patient’s own flora3,4
  • SA and MRSA infections are associated with increases in length of hospital stay, costs, morbidity, and mortality6,7,11
  • Nasal carriage of S. aureus and self-infection of wounds in ICU/Burn patients is well documented9,10

(1) Kluytmans J, et al. Nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus: epidemiology, underlying mechanisms, and associated risks. Clin Microbiol Rev. 1997 Jul;10(3):505-20.
(2) Piraino B. Staphylococcus aureus infections in dialysis patients: focus on prevention. ASAIO J. 2000 Nov-Dec;46(6):S13-7.
(3) Critchley IA. Eradication of MRSA nasal colonization as a strategy for infection prevention. Drug Discov. Today. 2006;3(2):189-95.
(4) Yu VL, et al. Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriage and infection in patients on hemodialysis. Efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis. N Engl J Med. 1986 Jul 10;315(2):91-6.
(5) Murphy D, et al. Dispelling the Myths: The True Cost of Healthcare-Associated Infections. An APIC Briefing. 2007 Feb. Accessed May 2020. http://www.thainapci.org/download-guideline-6.pdf/
(6) Engemann JJ, et al. Adverse clinical and economic outcomes attributable to methicillin resistance among patients with Staphylococcus aureus surgical site infection. Clin Infect Dis. 2003 Mar 1;36(5):592-8. Epub 2003 Feb 7.
(7) Anderson, DJ. Clinical and Financial Outcomes Due to Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Surgical Site Infection: A Multi-Center Matched Outcomes Study. PLOS One. 2009 Dec 15. Accessed May 2020. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0008305
(8) Bode LG, et al. Preventing Surgical-Site Infections in Nasal Carriers of Staphylococcus aureus. N Engl J Med. 2010 Jan 7;362:9-17.
(9) Mackie DP, et al. Reduction in Staphylococcus aureus wound colonization using nasal mupirocin and selective decontamination of the digestive tract in extensive burns. Burns. 1994;20 Suppl 1:S14-7; discussion S17-8.
(10) Kooistra-Smid M, et al. Molecular epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus colonization in a burn center. Burns. 2004 Feb;30(1):27-33.
(11) Noskin GA, et al. The Burden of Staphylococcus aureus Infections on Hospitals in the United States. Arch Intern Med.2005;165(15):1756–1761.

The Solution


Rapid and accurate detection of colonization facilitates targeted infection control practices:

  • Optimize pre-admission workflow and counseling
  • Enables measures to reduce endogenous infection risk, including decolonization
  • Supports measures to reduced exogenous infection risk, including barrier/contact precautions
  • Aligns with infection control strategies as outlined by SCIP and SHEA/IDSA

Ordering Info


Xpert® SA Nasal Complete

Number of Tests: 10

Catalog #: GXSACOMP-10

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