Archive Surgical Supplies 2007

Tailoring the Prep Every Time

Knowing the wide array of preps can save you money and reduce infection rates.

Melissa Smith-Huff

When I got my first nursing job as an OR circulator more than 14 years ago, the standard prep was a paint-and-scrub with povidone-iodine unless the patient had a topical iodine allergy. Now there are several specialty products available and many issues to consider, chief among them the prep's ease of use, cost, efficacy, the physician's prep preference and the type of surgery to be performed.

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