Pre-Op Shower Directions

Important Notes

  • Use your chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) solution the night before and the morning of your surgery.
  • For emergency medical information about CHG, call 800.328.0026


  • Before taking your shower, have a clean towel and clean clothing ready.
  • With your usual shampoo, wash and rinse your hair thoroughly.
  • Rinse your body well enough to remove all shampoo residue.
  • Wet a clean cloth with warm water.
  • Turn the water off.
  • Apply small portions of the CHG solution to the wet cloth and wash your entire body from the neck down, focusing on your surgery site.
  • Turn the water on and rinse the CHG solution completely off your body.
  • Dispose of or launder your washcloth after using it.
  • Pat yourself dry with a clean towel; do not apply powders, deodorants, or lotions.
  • Put on clean clothes after showering.