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Pre Operative Skin Preparation

Type: New Contract Reference: 2023/S 000-026367 Supply Route: Stocked, Blue Diamond, eDirect
Start Date: 3 June 2024 Expiry Date: 2 June 2026

The framework for Pre Operative Skin Preparation starts on 3 June 2024, runs for 24 months and ends on 2 June 2026. There is an option to extend for an additional 24 months.

The products are all used as part of the prepping process prior to surgery, for example shaving the patient, marking the patient, and cleaning the hands of the medical staff.

Areas covered
There are three product Lots that feature within the framework renewal:

  • Lot 2 – Skin Markers
  • Lot 3 – Scrub Brushes and accessories
  • Lot 4 – Clippers (pivot and fixed head).

The products available on this framework are used as part of the prepping process prior to surgery, for example shaving the patient, marking the patient, and cleaning the hands of the medical staff.

Please note: Razor products (Lot 1) have been delisted from the Pre Operative Skin framework and are now available via the Skin Cleansing and Disinfection framework. This is because NICE guidelines advise it is not necessary to remove hair routinely to reduce the risk of skin infection, and the use of razors may increase the risk of infection. If hair needs to be removed, this should be done by healthcare staff using clippers with a single-use head on the day of the surgery. See our Useful Links section to view the NICE guidance in full.

The framework offers the opportunity to purchase nail picks as a standalone product, offering both financial and sustainability benefits. Guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) recommends only the use of a nail pick for aseptic handwashing. See our Useful Links section to view the WHO guidance, as well as our case study on the nail pick solution. See our Downloads section to read the AfPP guidance.

Net Zero and Social Value
From April 2022 all of our frameworks have adopted the Procurement Policy Notice 06/20. The suppliers on this framework have demonstrated their plans for:

  • Fighting climate change

Important notice – for stocked products only
Following the move to Buy Price = Sell Price, new contract / framework prices will only come into effect when stock of all product at the old contract / framework price has been depleted.

Seven lines are being delisted at the start of the framework.

This includes razors which have been removed from the framework as they do not follow clinical guidelines. These products have moved to our Skin Cleansing and Disinfection.

P3 Medical Ltd have exited the dry scrub brush market, FBF4626 is Available Whilst Stock Lasts (AWSL), £0.20 including VAT - cheaper than FSL85006 (Medline) and FSL1533 (PDI).

See our Downloads section for the full list of delisted lines and details of all alternative products.

There are 10 suppliers in total on this framework:

  • Beckton Dickinson Ltd
  • Fannin UK Ltd
  • HR Healthcare Ltdv
  • Insight Health Ltd
  • Iskus Health Ltd
  • KCI Medical Ltd (Solventum)
  • Medline Industries Ltd
  • PDI Ltd
  • Polyco Healthcare Ltd
  • Valley Northern Ltd.


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  • Dedicated Hospital Care and Out of Hospital Care Teams – your day to day contact for all queries. They will help you identify savings opportunities, solve any issues on your behalf and ensure high service levels are always met.
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  • Dependable deliveries – having access to the know-how and resources of one of the world’s largest logistics companies means we can offer unrivaled dependability and responsiveness when it comes to our delivery services.
  • Framework agreement – awarded in accordance with UK procurement legislation.
  • Sustainable development – we are certified to ISO 140001 International Standard for Environment Management System.

Downloads ▼

  • Framework Matrices

    An Excel spreadsheet detailing the products included and those removed from this framework.
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  • Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) 2016: Surgical Hand Antisepsis guidelines

    A PDF document produced by the AfPP on patient skin preparation and infection control.