Surgical Site Markers: Putting Your Mark on Patient Safety
MedSun: Newsletter #34, March 2009

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority

A surgical site mark should not be easily removed with skin preparation but should not be so permanent that it last weeks or months after the surgical procedure. The results of three studies were inconclusive in determining the best performance of marks on skin when used with skin prep solutions. Healthcare facilities may want to conduct their own studies of surgical site markers and/or skin prep solutions to determine performance.

MedSun has received reports describing similar issues with pre-surgical markers. To view these reports, see link under Addition Information below.

Additional Information:

Surgical Site Markers: Putting Your Mark on Patient Safety. Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. December 2008.

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