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Manager's Guide to Patient Skin Preparation - February 2014

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Page 13 C D C G U I D E L I N E S CDC Expected to Advocate Alcohol-Based Skin Preps How to get your surgeons to comply with the revised guidelines. Jim Burger | Associate Editor ***************** NEW GUIDANCE? Experts think the CDC now has enough clinical evidence to strongly recommend alcohol-based skin preps. ************** No one knows exactly when the Centers for Disease Control's much-anticipated revised Guidelines for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection will be published. Chances are the revision — the first since 2009 — won't see the light of day until this summer. But the experts we talked to believe that one of the key components is going to be a strong recommendation to use alcohol-based skin preps before surgery. Don't expect the CDC to recommend which antiseptic combination is preferable — alcohol combined with povidone-iodine or with chlorhexidine, says Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, manager of infection prevention at Highland

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