Staph leads SC hospital to keep surgeons from operating room

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A South Carolina hospital says it kept 15 surgeons, nurses and other employees out of its operating rooms because of staph infections.

Officials at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Charleston told The Post and Courier of Charleston says they tested 68 operating room staffers last month after finding surgical-site infections in five out of 1,500 patients.

The employees who tested positive for the presence of a common staph bacteria were kept out of work for a week or more while they took antibiotics.

Doctors say all the patients with the infections have recovered and may have gotten the staph bacteria after leaving the hospital.

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