Chlorhexidine-Alcohol versus Povidone-Iodine for Surgical-Site Antisepsis.


BACKGROUND Since the patient's skin is a major source of pathogens that cause surgical-site infection, optimization of preoperative skin antisepsis may decrease postoperative infections. We hypothesized that preoperative skin cleansing with chlorhexidine-alcohol is more protective against infection than is povidone-iodine. METHODS We randomly assigned… (More)
DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa0810988


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