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3 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 • M A Y 2 0 2 0 I magine working in a facility where 50 orthopedic surgeons have their own unique skin prepping protocols. Factor in 20 nurs- es who are trying to support the variations in prepping each of these surgeons brings to the OR and that's asking for problems, says Khaled J. Saleh, MD, MPH, MHCM, FRCS(C), CPD, the CEO of Saleh Medical Innovations Consulting and Sphere Orthopaedics & Regenerative Health. "The risk of error increases significantly when there's a great amount of variation in technique," says Dr. Saleh, who also serves as executive director of EPIC Health System Advanced Multispecialty League, is a clinical professor of surgery at Michigan State University and an attending surgeon and section chief at the Surgical Outcomes Research Institute VAMC. "Error is the threat to successful surgery. You have to have a standardized system in place to minimize variation." A standardized system is an imperative with a process like skin Standardize Your Skin Prepping Practices Reducing variation and rooting out technique flaws are the keys to preventing SSIs. • PRE-OP PRACTICE Prior to prepping, it's essential to do a proper assessment of the patient's anatomy with a focus on the extremities. Jesse Hixson, MSN, RN, CNOR Jared Bilski | Managing Editor

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