Table 5NICE Clinical Practice Guidelines5

RecommendationEvidence Level
“Advise patients to shower or have a bath (or help patients shower, bath, or bed bath) using soap, either the day before, or on the day of, surgery” (page 25)1+
“Prepare the skin at the surgical site immediately before incision using an antiseptic (aqueous or alcohol base) preparation: povidone iodine or chlorhexidine are most suitable” (page 60)1+
“Do not use non-iodophor-impregnated incise drapes routinely for surgery as they may increase the risk of surgical site infection” (page 53)1+
“If an incise drape is required, use an iodophor-impregnated drape unless the patient has an iodine allergy” (page 53)1+

NICE = National Institute for Clinical Evidence.

From: 5, RESULTS

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