Sharpies with clean lines don't spread bacteria in operating room

Monday, October 27, 2008 - 14:42 in Health & Medicine

Before patients go under the knife, they're often marked with a pen to denote where the surgeon will cut. Because of fears of bacterial contamination between patients, the pens -- special one-use pens that contain gentian violet, an antifungal agent, or Sharpies -- are tossed after one use.

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