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Preoperative Patient Skin Antisepsis

This course is based on evidence-based practice guidelines for perioperative registered nurses (RNs) and other interested health care professionals to use in performing preoperative patient skin preparation. This includes preoperative patient bathing, appropriate hair removal, and the selection, application, and safe handling of skin antiseptic agents. One of the perioperative RN’s greatest responsibilities is to reduce the patient’s risk for surgical site infection (SSI); therefore, effectively decreasing the amount of bacteria on the patient’s skin near the incision site lowers the risk of wound contamination and subsequent SSI. Perioperative RNs also play a critical role in the development and implementation of preoperative patient skin antisepsis protocols.

Gap Analysis/Purpose

After completing this educational module, the perioperative RN will be able to perform preoperative skin antisepsis appropriately and instruct other perioperative personnel according to current evidence to reduce the risk of SSI in order to promote patient safety and positive outcomes.


After completing this educational module, the perioperative RN should be able to:

  • Identify evidence-based best practices for preoperative patient bathing.
  • Discuss clinical considerations related to preoperative hair removal.
  • Describe key factors in the selection of antiseptic products for preoperative patient skin antisepsis.
  • Explain best practices for safe and effective application of preoperative skin antiseptics.
  • Discuss appropriate methods for handling, storing, and disposing of skin antiseptic agents.

1.5 Contact Hours

Expires 6/30/20

Course Requirements

To receive 1.5 contact hours for this course, you must achieve mastery of the content and submit an evaluation as instructed at the end of the course. This course contains 67 questions.

Accreditation, Disclaimer and Copyright


This program is approved for 1.5 hours of AEU credit by BASC provider #0102.

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