Looks like it’s time for me to rethink my preference for preoperative skin cleanser. This past week there were two new prospective studies published in the Jan. 7 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, along with an accompanying editorial.
Minimizing Surgical-Site Infections; N Engl J Med. 2010;362:9-17, 75-77; Richard P. Wenzel, M.D.
Chlorhexidine–alcohol versus povidone–iodine for surgical-site antisepsis; N Engl J Med 2010 Jan 7; 362:18; Darouiche RO et al.
Preventing surgical-site infections in nasal carriers of Staphylococcus aureus; N Engl J Med 2010 Jan 7; 362:9; Bode LGM et al.
Advances in Preventing Surgical-Site Infections. JWatch Infect. Diseases 2010: 1-1