[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
August 2, 1965

A Skin Marking Agent

Author Affiliations

Wake Forest and Zebulon, NC

JAMA. 1965;193(5):405. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090050081040

To the Editor:—  Skin marking is not new, but a satisfactory marking agent valuable in routine use for all incisions is important. A common need for skin marking is in varicose vein surgery. We are familiar with silver nitrate that persists for months or burns the skin, solutions that vanish with the preoperative scrub, and pin scratches that are too shallow and disappear, or too deep causing scars or infection.A good skin marking solution should be nonirritating, and unaffected by the usual preoperative preparation. It should dry quickly and not soil the bed clothes.Investigation and trial of various combinations of ingredients resulted in the preparation we are using at present, which has most of the qualities desired. It has been used without skin reactions in more than 700 asthma patients to localize the incision for cervical glomectomy.The skin solution can be prepared by the hospital pharmacy as