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Dr. Mary Otterson Published in the New England Journal of MedicineMary Otterson, MD

Mary F. Otterson, MD, Professor of Surgery and Associate Professor of Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. She was the site investigator for a prospective, randomized, multicenter clinical trial entitled “Chloraprep vs Betadine for Prevention of Infection of Clean-Contaminated Surgical Wounds: a Prospective, Randomized, Multicenter Clinical Trial” in which adults undergoing clean-contaminated surgery in six hospitals were randomly assigned to preoperative skin preparation with either chlorhexidine-alcohol scrub or povidone-iodine scrub and paint. The primary outcome was any surgical-site infection within 30 days after surgery. The authors concluded that preoperative cleansing of the patient’s skin with chlorhexidine-alcohol is superior to cleansing with povidone-iodine for preventing surgical-site infection after clean-contaminated surgery.

Dr. Otterson was the first woman president of the Wisconsin Surgical Society, a chapter of the American College of Surgeons and is the former president of the Milwaukee GI Society. She has had multiple grants funded by the National Institute of Health and the Department of Veteran Affairs and has served as Chief of Surgery at the Milwaukee VA Hospital. The group plans on working on a continuation multi-site study examining surgical team factors contributing to surgical site infection with specific cultures taken from sites such as the surgeon’s hands and scrubs.

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