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Key Takeaways: New Recommendation: Guideline for Patient Skin Antisepsis

Publish Date: September 28, 2022

Recommendation: The recently revised Guideline for Patient Skin Antisepsis is a standardized protocol as a necessary component of preoperative bathing implementation.


  • Include in the bathing standardized protocol clear instructions on the
    • volume or amount of the bathing product to be used,
    • number of applications to apply, and
    • necessary exposure time before rinsing. 2.4
  • Pausing before rinsing is key when using an antiseptic, as it enables the antiseptic to bind to skin and prolongs antimicrobial activity.
  • Sending electronic patient reminders (eg, text message, voicemail, email) prior to the scheduled bathing time may increase adherence to the protocol. 2.4.1

Learn More in AORN Journal – Member Benefit with CH

Guidelines in Practice: Preoperative Patient Skin Antisepsis.

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