Archive March 2013 XIV, No. 3

3 Steps to Better Ortho Preps

Protect your joint replacement patients with the right skin prep, pre-op showers and staph screenings.

Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC

orthopedic procedures JOINT EFFORT The invasive and orthopedic nature of many orthopedic procedures makes vigilant skin antisepsis an urgent process.

Surgical site infections in orthopedic cases can be particularly devastating. New guidelines (see "What's New in Hip and Knee SSI Prevention" on page 47) promise to reduce SSIs if you make 3 interventions a standard part of your prepping protocol for hip and knee arthroplasty patients — skin prepping, pre-op patient bathing and screening for superbugs.

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