PRE-SURGERY SHOWERING INSTRUCTIONS
REDUCE POST-OPERATIVE COMPLICATIONS:
You can play an important role in your own health by bathing with a special soap prior to surgery. Skin is not sterile so using a special soap will help reduce the number of germs present which can significantly decrease the risk of post-operative wound infections.
USE HIBICLENS SOAP: CHLORHEXIDINE
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- If you are allergic to this topical antiseptic, do not use it. Contact our office immediately.
- This soap comes in a liquid form in 4 oz. and 8 oz. sizes. The 4 oz. size is acceptable to purchase for this purpose.
- Please be aware that the soap may leave a pink residue on washcloths and in the shower or tub.
- If you are a cervical surgery patient and have a beard, you must be clean-shaven for several days prior to surgery, including your surgery day.
If you have any questions, please call the office. Bathing with Hibiclens is an important part of your pre-surgical preparation. Call 703.560.1146 to speak with our nurse.
Use Hibiclens 3 times before your surgery:
- 2 nights before your surgery
- 1 night before your surgery
- Morning of your surgery
- With each shower or bath, wash your hair as usual with your normal shampoo first. Rinse your hair and body thoroughly after you shampoo your hair to remove the residue.
- Apply the Hibiclens soap to your entire body being careful to avoid EYES, EARS, MOUTH, AND GENITALIA.
- Thoroughly wash your skin, paying careful attention to the area where your surgery will be performed. The soap will not lather or create bubbles.
- Do not wash your skin too hard. This soap DOES NOT create a lather.
- Wash your body gently for approximately 5 minutes and do not wash with your regular soap again.
- Do not shave any areas covered in hair other than beards. Note: *Back surgery patients do not need to shave.
- Rinse and pat yourself dry with a clean soft towel.
- Use a clean towel after each shower and wear clean clothing.
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