Hibiclens –
pre-op skin protection before surgical procedures

Hibiclens, trusted by hospitals for over 40 years as a pre-operative skin wash, can help prevent surgical site infections (SSIs) and continues to work for up to 24 hours.1

Protecting yourself before surgery

A surgical site infection (SSI) is an infection that patients can get during or after surgery. They can happen on any part of the body where the surgery takes place and sometimes only involve superficial layers of the skin. Other SSIs are more serious – they can involve tissues under the skin, organs or implanted material.2

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center implemented a multidisciplinary SSI bundle including Hibiclens for pre-operative showering for colorectal and hepatic surgery patients. The results included a reduced rate of SSI for combined colorectal and liver resection by 61% including 81% and 48% reductions in superficial/deep and organ space SSI, respectively.3

Preparing for surgery

Many hospitals and healthcare facilities specifically recommend bathing with Hibiclens. If you don’t receive definite instructions, here’s how to prepare for your surgery:

  • If you plan to wash your hair, use your regular shampoo; then rinse your hair and body thoroughly to remove any shampoo residue
  • Wash your face with your regular soap or water only
  • Thoroughly rinse your body with water from the neck down
  • Apply Hibiclens directly on your skin or on a wet washcloth and wash gently; move away from the shower stream when applying Hibiclens to avoid rinsing it off too soon
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water and keep out of eyes, ears and mouth; if Hibiclens comes in contact with these areas, rinse out promptly
  • Dry your skin with a towel
  • Do not use your regular soap after applying and rinsing with Hibiclens
  • Do not apply lotions or deodorants to the cleaned body area

You may be instructed to bathe multiple times with Hibiclens – be sure to follow your doctor’s orders!

Why is Hibiclens pink?

Hibiclens has been used in hospitals for many years as an antiseptic hand sanitizer, and its color relates back to its acute care history. It is pink for identification purposes to prevent mistakes in the operating room.

  1. MBT Study No. 582-106, Study Protocol # 582.
  2. CDC https://www.cdc.gov/features/safesurgery/index.html
  3. A Perioperative Multidisciplinary Care Bundle Reduces Surgical Site Infections in Patients Undergoing Ssynchromous Colorectal and Liver Resection, Lauren S. Tufts, et al, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hpb.2018.07.001, HPB (Oxford). 2018