Abstract| Volume 39, ISSUE 9, SUPPLEMENT , e15, September 2014

The Efficacy of Surgical Preparation Solutions in Hand Surgery

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      Skin antisepsis prior to incision is a cornerstone of surgical standard of care. The ideal preoperative skin preparation solutions have been previously studied for spine, shoulder, and foot surgery. However, the normal flora of the hand may differ from these surgical sites and the ideal preparation solution has not been determined. The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of three commonly used surgical preparation solutions (Chloraprep, Duraprep, and Betadine) in eliminating bacteria from the skin prior to incision.
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