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1 3 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J a n u a r y 2 0 1 7 S o devoted was a spine surgeon to his skin prep that he was moved to say: "You can cheat on your spouse, but you can't cheat on your 6-minute prep." Don't misunderstand. He brought up infidelity only to show how faithful he was to his prep. "He was very particular," says Margaret Sherman, RN, BSN, clinical director of the Hamilton (N.J.) Endoscopy & Surgery Center. "Six min- utes of scrubbing and prepping: That's how he was taught." Couple that with the surgeon's superstitious streak and the fact that he'd never had an infection with his 6-minute prep and, yes, you guessed it, that spine surgery was wed to his prep. Surgical Skin Antisepsis Done Right 10 tips for ensuring your patients begin their surgical procedure with an aseptic surgical site. Dan O'Connor | Editor-in-Chief • SCRUB AND PAINT The fundamental basis for preventing surgical site infections is the antiseptic preparation of the skin at the surgical site. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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