Antiseptic Sterility State of the Industry Report
Infection Control Today conducted a survey of infection preventionists to gauge their experiences with and perspectives of the antiseptic sterility issue currently being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In light of a number of high-profile recalls of contaminated alcohol prep products in the last several years, the FDA had been weighing whether or not to require sterility of patient skin prep products, specifically items such as alcohol prep pads used for injections.
Infection preventionists and clinicians should carefully read the labels of antiseptic skin prep products to determine if they are sterile or not. The FDA has announced that it is requesting from manufacturers label changes and single-use packaging for some over-the-counter topical antiseptic products to decrease risk of infection.
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