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Study Evaluates Surgical Prep Protocols

Study Evaluates Surgical Prep Protocols

A study evaluated the preparation time, ease of application, and the elimination of skin contamination of three skin preparation methods for asepsis. Three sites on six dogs were randomly allocated to 1 of 3 preparation protocols for asepsis: (1) 5 scrubbings with chlorhexidine gluconate and rinsing (CHXG), (2) washing with mild soap prior to 3 rubbings with hydroalcoholic solution (soap-HAR), or (3) 3 rubbings with hydroalcoholic solution (HAR). The duration of each method of skin preparation was recorded. Skin preparation lasted an average of 375 seconds for CHXG, 240 seconds for soap-HAR, and 190 seconds for HAR. Rubbing with hydroalcoholic (HA) solution was as effective as CHXG and prevented bacterial growth for at least 3 hours under these experimental conditions. Rubbing with hydroalcoholic solution was also faster and easier to perform.

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Comparison of hydroalcoholic rubbing and conventional chlorhexidine scrubbing for aseptic skin preparation in dogs.

 Morbidity and Mortality Associated with Adrenalectomies

Morbidity and Mortality Associated with Adrenalectomies

Evaluation of Nutrition in Dogs with Septic Peritonitis

Evaluation of Nutrition in Dogs with Septic Peritonitis