What steps can be taken during the dermatologic preoperative evaluation and management to reduce surgical wound infections?

Updated: Mar 16, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Wound infections may occur after surgical procedures. Reduction of skin microflora leads to a lower incidence of surgical site infection. No clear evidence of benefit was shown for preoperative showering or bathing with chlorhexidine compared with other wash products for reducing surgical site infection. [5] Each dermatologic surgeon should adapt the best antiseptic regimen for his or her specific needs. [6]

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