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Review: full body washing with skin antiseptics before surgery does not prevent surgical site infection

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Q Does full body washing with skin antiseptics before surgery prevent surgical site infection?


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Medline (2005), Cochrane Wounds Group Specialised Register (2005) (includes searches of Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, wound care journals, and relevant conference proceedings), reference lists of retrieved articles, and manufacturers of antiseptic products.

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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that compared preoperative full body bathing or showering using antiseptic solution with use of non-antiseptic soap or no full body wash in adults or children undergoing any type of surgery. 6 RCTs (n = 10 007) met the selection criteria. The antiseptic used …

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  • For correspondence: MsJ Webster, Royal Brisbane and Royal Women’s Hospital, Herston, Queensland, Australia. joan_webster{at}

  • Source of funding: no external funding.