Antiseptic to aseptic surgery

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    • Antiseptic is when you kill germs. Aseptic surgery is when  you kill germs in the first place to prevent infection to create a sterile environment
    • carbolic acid was one of the earliest used antiseptics.
      • however it was disliked by surgeons and patients alike as it burned their skin and the spray irritated their lungs.
    • Robert Koch developed a steam sterilizer in 1878 which killed germs and infection.
    • developments in aseptic surgery included gloves, masks caps, and operating gowns.


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