Accidental indistinct chlorhexidine injection

A recent article in the New Zealand Medical Journal (Vol 129 No 1446: 2 December 2016) titled Accidental abdominal rectus sheath infiltration with chlorhexidine-alcohol serves a reminder of the following theatre policies and surgical practices:
  1. Only highly tinted skin preparation solutions should be used.
  2. Skin preparation solutions should be handed off the sterile field immediately after use.
  3. All medications for injection, such as local anaesthetics, should be prepared in closed systems i.e. not in open bowls.
  4. All syringes containing injectable medicines must be labelled, including on the sterile field.
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