Which of the following skin preps has the greatest decrease in the bacterial count?
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Chlorhexidine is an antiseptic that kills both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. It acts by destroying the cell membranes.
Chlorhexidine is not to be used near the eyes and ears. It is alcohol based, and therefore, flammable. It should be allowed adequate drying time before applying surgical drapes. When applied to hairy areas of the skin, it can remain wet and flammable for as long as an hour or more.
It is widely used as a scrubbing agent.
The product is bacteriostatic and bactericidal and can significantly lower the skin bacterial count.
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