X Marks The Spot: Sharpies Get Thumbs-up For Marking Surgery Sites

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 10:21 in Health & Medicine

Researchers have found that Sharpies used to mark surgical sites do not pose a risk of bacterial infection since the ink has an alcohol base. It's standard practice to throw away marking pens used to mark operative sites after one use to prevent the spread of germs, costing thousands of dollars a year.

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