Chlorhexidine-alcohol better than povidine-iodine for per-operative site antisepsis

In this trial of 849 pre-operative patients, they were randomized to surigical site anti-sepsis with either chlorhexidine-alcohol or povidine-iodine. Post-operative surgical site infection rates were lower in the chlorhexidine group (9.5% vs 16.1%). Chlorhexidine-alcohol should be the standard skin anti-sepsis for pre-operative patients (abstract).

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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