Two experienced industry experts discuss sufficient prepping methods and the innovative
products that allow for efficient prepping prior to surgery.
What constitutes proper surgical prep-
ping these days? What are some of the
notable misconceptions out there regarding
prepping that put hospitals at risk for wel-
coming surgical-site infections? Surgical
Products recently spoke with two industry
experts to discuss good prepping practices,
key misconceptions, and the products that
can help hospitals and other medical facili-
ties in this area.
SP: Do you feel most medical
facilities/hospitals are up to par
when it comes to their prepping
processes? Why or why not?
Shaden Marzouk, MD, Vice President of
Clinical Affairs, Cardinal Health: I would say yes.
The ease and effectiveness of the one-step preps
help make the prepping process a standardized
event, which could help decrease process errors
and potentially increase case start efficiency.
Moreover, there are commonalities within
the overall infection prevention process across
institutions. For example, it is common to give
a pre-op antibiotic, shave and prep the skin,
apply an antimicrobial adhesive drape, care for
the skin edges during the case, take the steps
to close with healthy tissue, potentially utilize
a drain, select certain dressings, and maximize
the patient’s systemic factors for wound healing.
These steps, in addition to the skin prep itself,
help control the surgical site infection rate.
SP: You mentioned some ways
to make improvements in this
area. What are some others?