Surgical site infection: are we using the right skin preparation?

T.S.J. Elliott, P.A. Lambert

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The NHS has prioritized the prevention of health-care-associated infections and these strategies are meeting with success. In 2008 meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections had fallen by 57% compared to the baseline from 2003–4 when targets were set (UK Government, 2008; Health Protection Agency, 2009). This has been achieved through a range of initiatives from a greater focus on hand hygiene to implementation of the Saving Lives highimpact interventions. While this multifaceted approach is resulting in decreased numbers of infections, are there any further initiatives we should consider?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)552-553
Number of pages2
JournalHospital Medicine
Issue number10
Early online date27 Sept 2009
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


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