Understanding the Ins and Outs of Using Hibiclens Soap Before Surgery

Understanding the Ins and Outs of Using Hibiclens Soap Before Surgery

Hibiclens soap has been around for a long time, and this is because it is good at being a soap! When it comes to antibacterial soap for surgery, Hibiclens has been the top trusted brand for over forty years! And it has always been pink! This is mostly because of identification reasons: with everything being of utmost importance in the surgery room, the pink color of the soap allows it to be easily identifiable as an antibacterial soap so that it doesn’t get confused with other things.

However, with all the fun facts out of the way, let’s get to the main reason why you opened this article. If you have surgery coming up soon, then yes, it is a good idea to take a Hibiclens body wash before entering the operation theater. Our skin is home to a wide variety of bacteria and other germs. One way to get rid of them is to wash yourself with soap and water. It’s crucial that you take extra measures to eliminate bacteria and viruses before surgery. This lessens the possibility of infection at the surgical site.

A surgical site infection or SSI is an infection that develops at the incision site of an operation. Surgery-related scars can appear anywhere on the body and often affect only the outermost layers of skin. However, other SSIs can be much more dangerous because they can affect deeper structures like organs or implants.

But why Hibiclens? Well, why go with the rest when you can have the best? While it is true that the use of any antibacterial soap pre-surgery will do the job, Hibiclens is a proven and veteran player on the field. As for how you should be washing yourself, we’ll get to that next.

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How to Wash Yourself With Hibiclens Soap

If you’re up for surgery, then your doctor may have told you about how you can wash yourself. In the event that you have not received any instructions regarding this process, we have provided a handy guide on what you should do:

  • You should use your regular shampoo if you intend to wash your hair, and then you should rinse your hair and body thoroughly to get rid of any remaining shampoo.
  • Just use water or your regular soap to wash your face.
  • Scrub yourself down from the neck up with water.
  • Wash your skin gently with Hibiclens either on your hands or a wet washcloth; To prevent premature rinsing after applying Hibiclens, stand out of the way of the shower’s stream.
  • If Hibiclens gets into your eyes, ears, or mouth, rinse it out immediately with plenty of warm water and avoid getting it anywhere else.
  • Make use of a towel to dry off.
  • After using Hibiclens, don’t wash yourself with your regular soap.
  • You should never use lotion or deodorant after bathing or showering with Hibiclens.
These are the bare essentials of a Hibiclens body wash. As for what parts of the body you should wash, here they are:

  1. Arms and hands
  2. Feet and legs
  3. Stomach, chest, and neck
  4. Back and rear

A Few Tips

Yes, it is a lot of work to take a proper shower with Hibiclens. However, there are a few more things for you to follow in order to maximize effectiveness:

  1. Do not use lotion, perfumes, or deodorants in the areas you just washed with Hibiclens.
  2. Start washing your body with Hibiclens at least three days before the surgery.
  3. Always wear clean clothes following a wash.

Preparation is the key to a successful surgical outcome. If you have any concerns or would like additional information, please do not be reluctant to reach out to All American Hospice. 

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