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Type: Journal article
Title: Contamination of sinus irrigation devices: A review of the evidence and clinical relevance
Author: Psaltis, A.
Foreman, A.
Wormald, P.
Schlosser, R.
Citation: American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy, 2012; 26(3):201-203
Publisher: Ocean Side Publications Inc
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1945-8924
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Psaltis, Alkis J.; Foreman, Andrew; Wormald, Peter-John; Schlosser, Rodney J.
Abstract: Background: The use of saline and topical medications in the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is now common practice among otolaryngologists. Although high-level studies have consistently shown the benefit of saline in symptom improvement of CRS patients, to date, only lower-level evidence exists advocating a benefit of other topical medications. Methods: Recently, increased interest has emerged surrounding the devices used to deliver such therapies with mounting evidence consistently showing contamination with pathogenic organisms such as Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Results: In addition, the potential for such contamination to cross-infect sinus cavities and lead to postoperative infections is also of concern. Conclusion: This review examines the current evidence available concerning the issue of contamination and its clinical relevance and offers the otolaryngologist advice on patient education when dispensing such devices.
Keywords: Chronic rhinosinusitis; nasal irrigation; contamination; Staphylococcus aureus; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; postoperative infection
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0020120026
DOI: 10.2500/ajra.2012.26.3747
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