Noninvasive procedures in dermatology. Potential infective risks and need for sterility

R. Wolf, S. Brenner

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Although in the area of incisional surgery the level of sterile techniques has improved in recent years and approaches that of the surgical standards in other specialties, one cannot say the same with regard to some of the nonsurgical or semisurgical procedures. Here, unfortunately, there are even no standards to aim for and no guidelines to adopt. Since in the field of nonsurgical cosmetic skin care dermatologists have a unique position, we alone must shoulder the responsibility for setting the standards and determining the appropriate conditions for carrying out these procedures. Unfortunately, it appears that in certain of the dermatologic procedures not involving actual skin incision, the level of sterility has not improved for decades. In such dermatologic procedures there are marked discrepancies between the care taken to maintain a high degree of sterility of instruments that penetrate the skin, compared with the lack of attention to sterility of instruments that do not directly penetrate the skin and the area surrounding the procedure site. It seems that the guiding principle we must strive for is to prevent the transmission of infection from one patient to another. The emphasis should be not on sterility per se but on the prevention of transmission of disease from patient to patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-159
Number of pages3
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • guidelines
  • nonsurgical procedures
  • sterility


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