Baseline Measure of Alcohol Based Skin Preparation Agents Before 2011 NQF Recommendation in a General Surgery Population

The National Quality Forum (2011) recommends the use of alcohol based skin preparation agents prior to surgery to help prevent infections. This multi-hospital study (n=3,794) evaluates its use in a general surgery patient population prior to the NQF recommendation. Forty-seven percent of cases received an alcohol based skin preparation agent.