Skin preparation of the patient – more than skin deep

Levada, Lilliana and Osborne, Sonya (2017) Skin preparation of the patient – more than skin deep. ACORN: The Journal of Perioperative Nursing in Australia, 30 (2 - Winter). pp. 57-59. ISSN 2209-1084


Health care–associated infections (HAIs) are one of the most common and preventable patient safety issues, affecting millions of patients worldwide, and surgical site infection accounts for almost a quarter of HAIs in developed countries. In addition to the increased burden of cost to the patient and the health service, HAIs affect postoperative morbidity and mortality rates. The risk of unintended poor surgical outcomes is increased when evidence based guidelines for prevention of surgical site infection are breached, particularly by omission of therapies recommended in the guidelines. Poor surgical outcomes subsequently contribute to preventable harm, suboptimal patient outcomes or experiences and resource waste. Adopting practices that prevent and control HAIs is one of the most important measures in reducing postoperative morbidity and mortality. Nurses play an important role in infection prevention and control because they undertake a large proportion of the treatment and care of perioperative patients, including surgical site preparation.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2019 05:58
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2019 01:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: ACORN; Standards; Perioperative Nursing; Preoperative Skin Antisepsis
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences

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