Basic principles and introduction to disinfectants and antiseptics for skin, mucosa, and wounds

Elisabeth Presterl*, Magda Diab-El Schahawi*, Luigi Segagni Lusignani, Helga Paula, Jacqui S. Reilly

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Abstract

An antiseptic is a chemical used in medicine to prevent wound infection and, subsequently, sepsis. They are used in wound care as a therapeutic as well as a preventive measure. Unlike antimicrobial therapeutics (antibiotics), antiseptics are applied to the surface of nonliving objects to destroy microorganisms that are living on the objects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBasic Microbiology and Infection Control for Midwives
EditorsElisabeth Presterl, Magda Diab-El Schahawi, Jacqui S. Reilly
PublisherSpringer
Chapter6
Pages51-57
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783030020262
ISBN (Print)9783030020255
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • antiseptic
  • disinfectant
  • wound infection

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