Ajit's summary :
Only licensed product available with 2% Chlorhexidine & 70% alcohol for skin prep is Chloraprep
MHRA & RCS advise using only licensed products . Trust is therefore liable to be sued if you use an unlicensed product.
Pink solutions in the same concentrations are available but are un -licensed & have the added risk of pooling & catching fire ( apparently almost colourless flame)
Adding dye adds to the problem of not being licensed.
If a risk assessment is done & clinicians , infection control, theatres etc agree to use an unlicensed product our trust advises that all patients are informed & this is noted on the consent forms to reduce litigation.
Alternative suggestion in the forum is to use :
Solution of your choice for prep but use chloraprep for the incision site.
In Leicester we had exactly the same pressure 18 months ago. We reached a
compromise whereby we could do an initial wider field prep of choice (mostly iodine based) with the mini Chloraprep used for the incision site. Generally happy with this
Richard A Power FRCSEd(Orth)