Getting Your Skin Ready for Surgery
This six-page handout helps people prepare their skin for surgery. It explains that washing with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) soap before surgery will decrease their risk of infection. It contains brief instructions for purchasing CHG soap and preparing the site, and includes check boxes where a provider can indicate when the patient should wash with the special soap prior to surgery. The document provides step-by-step instructions for how to clean your skin with CHG soap, and includes guidance for cleaning if the surgical site is on the scalp, as well as tips for washing if the patient does not have a shower.
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