Update to Surgical Hand Antisepsis Literature Review and related NIPCM content
21 Jul 2023
Following stakeholder feedback the Surgical Hand Antisepsis Literature Review has been revisited and updated.
The following recommendation was clarified to align with the Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended practice.
- Surgical scrubbing using an antimicrobial surgical scrub product should be used for the first surgical hand antisepsis of the day.
A recommendation was removed from the section ‘What is the correct process and technique for surgical hand antisepsis?’ as it does not form part of the surgical rubbing process.
- Hands should be washed with non-antimicrobial liquid soap and thoroughly dried after donning theatre clothing.
Updates to NIPCM:
Section 1.2 of the NIPCM has been amended to take consideration of these amendments.