Cesearean Section Prep

  1. HELP..
    Can anyone out there enlighten me on the proper ways to prep for cesarean sections. I know everyone has there own variation (like circular, or horizontal/incision site first, up, etc.) I"m new and i'm trying to make it stick mentally!! thanks!! :spin:
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  3. by   flytern
    You're right, I've seen it done several different ways.
    At the hospital I currently work at we do the following:
    Start at the incision line (usually lower transverse, right above pubic hair line) then go back and forth up to bellybutton (while not taking prep off of skin)
    Then down into pubic hair area, go back and forth, then down both legs, logic being this is the dirtiest area).
    If its to be a classical incision, we go down the middle of the belly (but don't touch pubic area) then go around and around (again not lifting prep off of skin) finally do pubic hair area.

    But if you talk to 10 different people, you'll probably get 10 different answers. You're institution should have a policy on this, or ask someone from surgery.

  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    We are to meet AORN requirements/standards when performing duties regarding surgical care. This includes scrub technique. Check your P/P manual or the one for your OR team. In every place I have worked, very specific instructions and guidance for scrub technique/prep for c/sections were provided, along with diagrams. If you follow these, you will be meeting AORN standards of care and will be fine.