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What do you use in place of Techni-Care surgical scrub?

If you were using Techni-Care surgical scrub prior to its removal from the market, what are you using in its place? We used Techni-Care for those patient allergic to betadine (esp for vaginal preps) and for facial preps. The hospital next door is using normal saline and friction. Another center is using baby shampoo. I called Caretech Labs, maker of Techni-Care, and they are dealing with FDA standards and don"™t know when they will be able to begin making the product again.

Maureen A., Director of Nursing, San Antonio

Posted by request by Outpatient Surgery

Started by: Stan Herrin (Other) at February 16, 2011 (3:20 pm)

Comments and Responses


For prepping mucosa and for procedures that involve eyes and ears on patients who are allergic to iodine, we use PCMX as recommended by AORN.

Julie L. (Director, Surgical Services/Director of Nursing) at August 22, 2011 (4:23 pm)

What to use???? We have tried a 3.3% PCMX- will dilute it a little and then rinse- the manufacturer does not give instructions for use with patient skin preps

Deborah G. (Administrator/Director/Manager/Owner/Executive Officer) at June 21, 2011 (3:19 pm)

Chlorascrub and Chloraprep contain CHG/alcohol and is contraindicated on mucosa and for procedures that involve eyes and ears. Would definity cause a burning sensation. Can be used on the scalp, neck but must be careful not to get in or around the eyes or in the ears.

Gwenda Felizardo (Other) at March 2, 2011 (3:47 pm)


Teresa B. (OR Manager / Supervisor) at February 28, 2011 (5:05 pm)

We are using Scrub Care PCMX Emmolient Cleansing Solution. 3.3% Parachlorometaxylenol at our hospital. May not use in eyes.

Yvonne Riehm (Other) at February 28, 2011 (10:14 am)

We use Shur-Clens wound cleanser at our Eye Center.

Lee K. (Director, Surgical Services/Director of Nursing) at February 21, 2011 (7:20 am)

ChloraPrep 2%w/chlorhexidine gluconate and 70% v/v isopropyl alcohol; or Hibicleans

H. Wells (Other) at February 18, 2011 (2:38 pm)

Try hibicleans and alcohol

Mike Pankey (Administrator/Director/Manager/Owner/Executive Officer) at February 17, 2011 (9:01 am)

The surgery center I work for absolutely loved Techni-Care and we were very unhappy to hear of it's removal from the market. We have since started using Chlor-prep stick, betadine or Chlorhexidine for our prep depending on the procedure being performed and patient allergies. We are hoping Techni-Care gets this issue worked out quickly so we can resume using it for our scrub.

Victoria H. (OR Manager/Supervisor) at February 16, 2011 (5:51 pm)

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