Just wanted to send this out and if anyone can tell me, please do. I was just wondering what the standard at your hospital is for prepping total joints. It's 10 minutes at our hospital with betadine scrub and solution. There are some of my co-workers who are trying to get the surgeons to use betadine prep gel. In this case, they are saying that as long as it dries on the skin the time should not matter. Help!!! All opinions and any information is welcome. Thanks C
Mar 16, '02
Depends on the surgeon. Some like a 10 minute betadine scrub, betadine paint, then alcohol. Others prefer a 10 minute hibiclens, then alcohol, then Duraprep.
Whatever the prep, 10 minutes seems to be the norm for totals.
We don't use any betadine gel. I wonder how effective the gel is since there is no physical friction involved with the prep.
Other preps for general or gyn usually include a 3-5 minute betadine scrub and paint.
And I agree.....10 minutes is a LONG time to scrub!! My arms get a little tired by the end. However, it's the patient that benefits in the long run.
Last edit by KC CHICK on Mar 16, '02
Jul 13, '07
We are using ChloraPrep (2% Chlorhexidine and 70% alcohol) which is basically a paint type prep for everything that doesn't involve mucosal membranes (still using betadine and hibiclens on gyn and butt cases). Pretty quick IMO. < a couple minutes for just about anything ~and~ sterile gloving is not indicated.
Its implementation has been interesting since it is a "180" from all our old prep rules!
The only 10 minute bscrub/bsol prep I am doing is on penile implants and that 10 minutes feel like an hour, lol.
Last edit by EricG on Jul 13, '07