A clinical evaluation of chlorhexidine gluconate spray as compared with iodophor scrub for preoperative skin preparation

T. R. Brown, C. E. Ehrlich, F. B. Stehman, A. M. Golichowski, J. A. Madura, H. E. Eitzen

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In a prospective, randomized study, 737 patients who were evluated had the operative site prepared preoperatively by either a 0.5% chlorhexidine gluconate spray or povidone-iodine scrub. The wound infection rate in these two comparable groups was not statistically different, although slightly favoring the spray technique (6.0 versus 8.1%). The spray technique challenges the conventional preoperative scrub and offers further advantages of increased effectiveness while also offering savings of time and expense.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-366
Number of pages4
JournalSurgery Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1 1984


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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