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Her Loss, Their Gain - October 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Edmiston. "If you let it sit on the skin for about a minute before rins- ing, it will get the highest sustainable concentration — a thousand parts per million, which is more than sufficient." Dr. Edmiston emphasizes CHG must be used at the appropriate dose and with the proper application process. He says researchers at Northwestern University found that providing surgical patients with written instructions about how to properly apply CHG during the baths and the supplies to do it at clinic visits decreased SSI rates from 18% to 4%, documented proof that an evidence-based pre-op bathing strategy works in the real world. Concerns about possible emergence of resistance with repetitive use of CHG are largely unfounded, according to Dr. Edmiston. "There are studies that suggest we should be concerned about the potential for emergence of resistance, but the data to date do not show there is a problem." The risk of severe allergic reaction to CHG is extremely low, accord- ing to Dr. Edmiston, who says, "I feel very comfortable that we're doing the right thing for patients by implementing pre-admission shower strategies using a standardized process." OSM O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 7 1

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