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Misuse Leads to Infections from OTC Topical Antiseptics

Aschenbrenner, Diane S. MS, RN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: March 2014 - Volume 114 - Issue 3 - p 22–23
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000444488.71962.85
Drug Watch

* Contaminated over-the-counter topical antiseptics can produce infections when they're used preoperatively or prior to injection.

* The source of such contamination is usually poor aseptic technique during use or storage of the drug or contaminated water used for dilution of the antiseptic.

Diane S. Aschenbrenner recently retired as course coordinator for undergraduate pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD. She also coordinates Drug Watch: daschen1@jhu.edu.

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