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Preoperative Skin Antiseptic Preparations and Application Techniques for Preventing Surgical Site Infections: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence and Guidelines

Last updated: June 13, 2011
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Drug
Project Status: Complete
Report Type: Systematic review
Result type: Report

Question

1. What is the comparative clinical effectiveness of preoperative skin antiseptic preparations for preventing surgical site infections (SSI)? 2. What is the comparative clinical effectiveness of preoperative skin antiseptic application techniques for preventing surgical site infections? 3. What preoperative skin antiseptic preparations and application techniques are recommended in clinical practice guidelines as best practice for preventing surgical site infections?

Key Message

Available evidence suggests that pre-operative antiseptic showers are effective at preventing SSIs. The method of applying antiseptic appears inconsequential, but the antiseptic of choice remains inconclusive.