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Acupuncture Canada policy on the use of Stanhexidine for Skin Prep

Acupuncture Canada recommends the use of Stanhexidine® for skin preparation prior to needle insertion. After washing your hands, swab the areas where you intend to insert needles – whether or not they will be intra-articular insertions. Allow the Stanhexidine to dry for 30 seconds before inserting the needles.


  1. Be sure to purchase Stanhexidine®2% Aqueous (450 mL). This was developed specifically for preparing skin for injection. Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not sell large bottles of this type. Do not mistakenly purchase the 450 mL or 4 L bottle of Stanhexidine® 2% Chlorhexidine V/V 4% isopropyl alcohol. It is intended for scrubbing skin, not prepping for injection. It is designed to be mixed with water and is red, sticky and messy.
  2. You can use Betadine to achieve the same outcomes. However, Stanhexidine® is easier to use and does not have to be removed with alcohol after treatment.

Click here for the full article on Stanhexadine written by Dr. Linda Rapson.

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