What's in the Water; Temperature Monitoring and Clinicals
What's in the Water; Temperature Monitoring and Clinicals
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What's in the Water; Temperature Monitoring and Clinicals

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 1 pm ET

Speakers: Aaron Preston & Patrick Figueroa

The application of antiseptic products to the skin plays an important role in the prevention of infection in surgical, catheter insertion and other procedures where the sterile barrier is breached. Skin antisepsis minimizes exposure to pathogenic organisms, reduces the incidence of infection and helps to prevent the spread of harmful pathogens. Over the years, antiseptic chemical solutions and products have continued to evolve in an effort to find the ideal combination of broad spectrum antimicrobial activity, speed of action, persistence and safety. Current guidance does not support one type of skin antiseptic over another requiring evaluation of the various agents and products based on the procedure and patient characteristics, a challenge to standardization of practice. Although rare, serious allergic reactions to some chemical formulations have been reported. Over the last decade, the ubiquitous use of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) in both healthcare and consumer products has raised concern around the potential for microbial resistance to this important agent. More recently, a novel, effective and safe antiseptic formulation has entered the market which presents an additional alternative. The presenters will provide a foundation for optimal selection of skin antisepsis products including a review of the evolution of skin antisepsis agents, application of current standards and guidance and approaches to standardization. A comparison of alternatives, including evidence in support of a novel chemical formulation new to the market, will provide a framework for product selection in the context of procedure, practice and safety considerations.


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