Necessary to limit microorganisms on the skin and help minimize their entry into an incision or device-insertion site after application. Normal skin flora and suboptimal skin antisepsis are the primary drivers of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).¹
For most SSIs, the source of pathogens is the endogenous flora of the patient’s skin, mucous membranes, or hollow viscera. When mucous membranes or skin is incised, the exposed tissues are at risk for contamination with endogenous flora.² The goal of preoperative patient skin antisepsis is to reduce the patient's risk of developing a surgical site infection by removing soil and transient microorganisms at the surgical site. Reducing the amount of bacteria on the skin near the surgical Incision lowers the risk of contaminating the surgical incision site. Effective skin antiseptics rapidly and persistently remove transient microorganisms and reduce resident microorganisms to sub-pathogenic levels with minimal skin and tissue irritation.³
Surgical skin preparation aims to reduce the bacteria on the skin that may cause infection through the cleaning of the patient’s skin.⁴
Clipping hair before surgery isn’t just messy—the loose hair can increase the potential risk of contamination to your patients. Potentially contaminated hair on linens, wheels and the floor can migrate into the OR and elsewhere in the facility.