Preoperative skin preparation: a historical perspective

C.T. Crosby, T.S.J. Elliott, P.A. Lambert, D. Adams

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The incidence of health-care-associated infections has reduced since skin antisepsis was introduced in the 19th century. Despite this, health-care-associated infections, including post-surgical sepsis, continue to cause significant morbidity and mortality. This article reviews the evidence for the use of preoperative skin preparations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-582
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Hospital Medicine
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2009


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