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How does a surgical team help lower your chances of getting an infection during surgery?

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It's rare to get an infection during surgery. Your team does everything it can to protect you. Your doctors and nurses will:

They may also give you antibiotics before your procedure to help prevent an infection.

  • Clean their hands and arms up to their elbows with a germ-killing cleaner before the operation.
  • Wear masks, gowns, and gloves.
  • Clean the part of your body where the surgery is being done with a germ-killing soap.
  • Clean and cover the cut afterward.

From: What Happens in Surgery WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Surgical site infection: prevention and treatment of surgical site infection."

CDC: "FAQs About Surgical Site Infections."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Types of Anesthesia and Your Anesthesiologist," "The Surgical Team," "What to expect the day of surgery."

Kish Health System: "When You Arrive at the Hospital for Surgery."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "The Day of Your Surgery."

Sutter Health: "Abdominal Surgery: What to Expect While You are in the Hospital."

University of Chicago Medicine: "What to Expect When You Have Surgery."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on November 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Surgical site infection: prevention and treatment of surgical site infection."

CDC: "FAQs About Surgical Site Infections."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Types of Anesthesia and Your Anesthesiologist," "The Surgical Team," "What to expect the day of surgery."

Kish Health System: "When You Arrive at the Hospital for Surgery."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "The Day of Your Surgery."

Sutter Health: "Abdominal Surgery: What to Expect While You are in the Hospital."

University of Chicago Medicine: "What to Expect When You Have Surgery."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on November 08, 2018

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