Patient Safety Tool: 2 Patient Education Fliers on Preoperative Bathing

The Collaborative Healthcare-Associated Infection Network, a Minnesota-based infection prevention organization, offers two free patient education fliers on preoperative bathing requirements.

The one-page sheet "Preparing Your Skin Before Surgery," developed by Canton-Potsdam (N.Y.) Hospital, instructs patients how to clean their skin with chlorhexidine gluconate three times prior to surgery. The sheet includes a diagram highlighting areas of the skin to clean.

The flyer "You can't see it, but you can clean it," developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, reminds patients to shower with chlorhexidine gluconate three times to help prevent surgical site infections.

Download the "Preparing Your Skin" and "You can't see it" fliers for use in your own facility.

Note: View our database providing more than 400 reports that link to free downloadable and adaptable tools for use in surgery centers, hospitals and other organizations by clicking here.

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