The problem with soap and water
Ordinary soap does not reduce the skin’s bacteria count; it increases it1.
Typical standard patient-cleansing procedures, using soap and water, simply spread the organisms, releasing the bacteria over the surface of the skin from the naturally heavily colonized areas.
Preoperative body washing with a chlorhexidine digluconate solution significantly reduces the number of bacteria on the skin compared to soap and water1.
Instant and residual protection for up to six hours
HiBiScrub® Plus is more effective than soap in the long term, lasting for up to six hours. The following graphs demonstrate the residual effect of the two body washing methods on colony forming units (CFUs)2.