Research shows changing antiseptic could halve risk of post-surgical infection

September 14, 2020 – According to new research, surgeons could dramatically reduce the risk of infection after an operation by simply changing the antiseptic they use.

New analysis by the University of Leeds and the University of Bern of more than 14,000 operations has found that using alcoholic chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) halves the risk of infection in certain types of surgery when compared to the more commonly used povidone-iodine (PVI).

The team reviewed 17 existing studies, comparing infection complications of five different antiseptics used in 14,593 operations…

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