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7 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 Y ou'd never forget to administer timely and appropriate prophylactic antibiotics. After all, that step is an absolutely invaluable way to prevent surgical site infections. For whatever reason, however, wound irrigation is rarely thought of with the same impor- tance (see "Our Bundled Closing Protocol for Colon Resections" on page 48). But it certainly should. You should view the often-over- looked step of irrigation as the final piece of the patient care puzzle. To help make it part of your protocol, here are 4 simple steps you can use to effectively irrigate wounds in 5 minutes or less. You can use this simple but effective irrigation technique for everything from breast mastectomies to hernia repairs to open abdominal procedures to colon resections: Wound Irrigation in 4 Easy Steps This 5-minute technique can help prevent a surgical site infection. Gary Biesecker, MD, FAC | High Point, N.C. • ONE-TWO PUNCH Vigorously massaging wound margins while you irri- gate with voluminous amounts of saline ensures no loose fat tissue is left- over.

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