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CareFusion Expands Skin Antisepsis Portfolio
Date:9/27/2010

he CDC, poor compliance is due to multiple factors, including perceived lack of time and irritation or dryness caused by the antiseptic.

"To reduce the risk of infection, clinical evidence and practice recommendations clearly state the importance of disinfecting the patient's and the health care professional's skin prior to any surgical procedure," said Jason Strohm, vice president and general manager, CareFusion Infection Prevention. "With ChloraPrep for patient skin and Surgicept for the hands of surgical health care workers, we now offer a comprehensive line of clinically proven products to help reduce the risk of HAIs at their source: the skin."  

Meeting Customer Needs

A recently conducted study of health care professionals showed the ingredients and formulation of Surgicept may address some of the factors related to the failure to adhere to surgical hand scrub protocols. In this study, OR health care professionals were blindfolded and asked to separately apply two different waterless surgical hand hygiene products, Surgicept® Waterless Surgical Hand Scrub and Avagard® Surgical Hand Antiseptic, and rate them on a series of attributes. Nearly 80 percent of the surgeons and OR staff preferred Surgicept to Avagard, the current leading waterless surgical hand antiseptic.(2) Participants found Surgicept to be significantly more appealing and noted its soft, smooth feel and quick drying time. In addition to overall preference, more participants favored Surgicept on specific attributes that could have a positive effect on compliance, including easier gloving, quicker dry time, less residue on the skin and an easier application process.

"We developed the Surgicept formulation to address the complaints from surgical staff about the feel, longer drying time and stickiness of current surgical scrub products," said Shanta M. Modak, Ph.D., research scientist, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY and inventor of
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