Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery

: 2019  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 191--192

Preoperative site marking in dermatosurgery

Uwe Wollina 
 Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Städtisches Klinikum Dresden, Academic Teaching Hospital, Dresden, Germany

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Uwe Wollina
Department of Dermatology and Allerhology, Städtisches Klinikum Dresden, Academic Teaching Hospital, Friedrichstrasse 41, 01067 Dresden

Dermatosurgery is a growing subspeciality due to increasing numbers of skin cancer and aesthetic procedures. Patient safety is a major issue in dermatosurgery. Quality management, education, and organization are the backbone of patient safety. A simple measure to support patient’s safety and to avoid wrong site surgery is preoperative skin marking. Permanent skin markers offer a painless and cost-effective option. To ensure optimal results, the following problems need careful consideration: good viability after disinfection, sterility of the operation field, no sensitization, or toxic effects of the ink. These issues are discussed in detail to allow a safe and successful procedure.

How to cite this article:
Wollina U. Preoperative site marking in dermatosurgery.J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2019;12:191-192

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Wollina U. Preoperative site marking in dermatosurgery. J Cutan Aesthet Surg [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Sep 30 ];12:191-192
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