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  • Before operation, wash surgical site, surrounding area with soap, water; particularly wash debris from injuries
  • Prepare skin with antiseptic solution; start in centre, move to periphery
  • Chlorhexidine gluconate and iodine preferable to alcohol as less irritating to skin
  • Solution should remain wet on skin for at least two minutes
  • Prepare skin with antiseptic solution, start in center, move to periphery
  • This area should be large enough to include entire incision, adjacent working area
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