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A Review of Anti-septic Agents for Pre-operative Skin Preparation

Digison, Mary Beth BSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.PSN.0000306182.50071.e2

Pre-operative skin preparation of the surgical site using appropriate anti-septic product is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, 1999, as a strongly recommended intervention to prevent surgical site infection. This article reviews anti-septic surgical skin preparation products according to the Food and Drug Administration classifications, efficacy, and safety. It also examines pertinent research regarding anti-septic products. This information provides the peri-operative registered nurse with information to make appropriate decisions when choosing anti-septic skin preparation products for surgical patients.

Mary Beth Digison, BSN, RN, is a masters of nursing administration candidate, University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing.

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