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Lynne Bowers
The Veterinary Nurse, Vol. 3, Iss. 9, 26 Nov 2012, pp 544 - 551

Surgical site infection (SSI) is a potentially serious complication of surgery, with the consequences of infection varying from local inflammation to life threatening septicaemia. SSIs result in increased patient discomfort and client dissatisfaction due to prolonged periods of hospitalization and financial implications. Infections after surgery are often blamed on poor owner compliance or patient interference; however the patient's normal skin flora has been shown to be one of the leading causes of SSIs.
Efforts to reduce patient sources of infection are aimed at decreasing the number of bacteria on the skin prior to surgery and reducing potential bacterial contamination from within the patient during surgery. This article will focus on the former of these sources via discussion of aseptic surgical skin preparation.

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