advertiser banner advertiser banner
Digital Issues

Archive >  March, 2013 XIV, No. 3

Infection Prevention - Antiseptic Doesn't Mean Contamination-Free

Ensure your prep and cleaning solutions prevent, instead of contribute to, infection.

David Sellars, DPh

— CONTAMINATED PREPS? Should preps be produced under sterile conditions and stored as such?

Could your preps and disinfectants be contaminated? The answer's yes — and it might be happening more often than you think.

That's right: Infections associated with contaminated antiseptic products may be more common than indicated by manufacturers' reports and the medical literature, according to FDA researchers published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Because preps and disinfectants aren't sterile products, produced under sterile conditions and stored as such, they're open to contamination by microbial organisms during manufacturing or use.

 
Have an account? Please log in:
Email Address:
  Remember my login on this computer

DID YOU SEE THIS?
General Anesthesia

The Key to Smoother IV Starts

advertiser banner

Other Articles That May Interest You

Your Options in Whole Room Disinfection

Several systems take the human element out of cleaning OR surfaces.

A Preview of AORN's New Skin Prepping Guidelines

Let a growing body of evidence govern your bedside practice.

A Hands-On Approach To Improved Infection Control

If you're aiming to minimize SSIs, hand hygiene is an ideal starting point.