Effective skin disinfection before a surgical procedure includes which of the following methods?
A. Shaving the site on the day before surgery B. Applying a topical antiseptic to the skin on the evening before surgery C. Having the patient take a tub bath on the morning of surgery D. Having the patient shower with an antiseptic soap on the evening v=before and the morning of surgery
Having the patient shower with an antiseptic soap on the evening v=before and the morning of surgery-studies have shown that showering with an antiseptic soap before surgery is the most effective method of removing microorganisms from the skin. shaving the site of the intended surgery might cause breaks in the skin, thereby increasing the risk of infection; however, if indicated, shaving, should be done immediately before surgery, not the day before. a topical antiseptic would not remove microorganisms and would be beneficial only after proper cleaning and rinsing. tub bathing might transfer organisms to another body site rather than rinse them away.