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Pre-Operative Skin Preparation Solutions: A Review of the Evidence on Safety

Last updated: May 31, 2011
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Drug
Project Status: Complete
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

1. What is the evidence on the clinical safety of iodophor, alcohol, and chlorhexidine gluconate (aqueous or alcoholic) products for pre-operative skin preparation in the surgical setting?

Key Message

Safety issues surrounding pre-operative skin antiseptic products are rare and are captured mainly in case reports.