Infection prevention

How to fight infections

To be successful in infection prevention as well as protecting against surgical site infections (SSIs) and hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) safety procedures and routines need to be put into place. A study on the efficacy of nosocomial chemotherapy (SENIC) found that intensive infection control and surveillance routines resulted in a 32 percent reduction of infection rates over a five-year period1. The key is implementing routines on many levels and using the right equipment.

Further reading: HAI, SSI or HCAI – This is how they differ

Skin preparation

Knowing the rates of SSIs

Leadership within organizations

Choosing the right equipment

Skin preparation

Skin preparation is of the utmost importance in the prevention of SSIs. The recommendation is to use a two-percent chlorhexidine gluconate and 70-percent isopropyl alcohol solution to decolonize the skin prior to surgery. This is based on a substantial body of evidence suggesting that this is the optimal agent for pre-surgical skin antisepsis2. Evidence suggests that it is the patient's own skin that is the source of most of the pathogens involved in SSIs3. Therefore, to have a greater focus on skin antisepsis may lead to a large impact on infection rates. 

Further reading: Skin – The source of the problemThe problem with soap and water

Knowing the rates of SSIs

Studies have demonstrated that the incidence of SSIs varies widely between hospitals and between surgical procedures4. Surgical teams that know their SSI rates can often be reduced by implementing of a range of basic, relatively inexpensive infection-prevention measures5.

Leadership within organizations

To be successful in 'championing SSI reduction', the leadership role cannot be emphasized enough. The importance of HCAI reduction in general has to be driven through all levels of the organization by key players who will take the lead in fighting infection. Leaders and proper leadership are vital in the adoption of best practice and a culture where HCAI avoidance is priority for all staff5.



Using the right equipment for optimal protection

Choosing the right products is an essential component in sustaining and developing successful infection control. At Mölnlycke Health Care we take great pride in creating the safest possible single-use equipment for the security of both patients and clinicians.

Biogel surgical gloves

Biogel® has a superior puncture indication system for enhanced safety; a security feature that helps minimize the risk for both patient and healthcare professionals from blood-borne pathogens. Double gloving has been found to reduce surgical cross infection between staff and patients5 and is recommended by US AORN (Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses) and the RCS (Royal College of Surgeons of England).

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Surgical gloves e-learning

Take our e-learning courses on puncture indication and double gloving to learn more about infection prevention and control


BARRIER staff clothing

Surgical staff clothing not only prevents infection of the surgical wound, it also protects the operating team from liquid contamination. BARRIER® surgical staff clothing includes a selection of protection and comfort combinations, adapted to the varying demands of different procedures.

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Further reading: BARRIER surgical masks fulfil EU standardsSingle-use scrub suit case study: Inselspital HospitalSurgical gown material guide

BARRIER surgical drapes

All BARRIER® surgical drapes are designed to ensure the best possible patient safety by providing an optimal barrier against microbial migration. Effective infection control is achieved through impermeable materials where needed, while effective fluid control is obtained through absorption or fluid collection pouches – allowing for a drier working area. All foldings are designed for optimal aseptic handling and easy application, which also contributes to infection control.

The BARRIER products also come complete with the best available service and support including both training for optimal usage and tailored supply and logistic solutions all according to your need.

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HiBi antiseptics

The patient's skin is an important source of wound contamination3 and it is important to reduce the microbial burden and hence the risk of infection. This is commonly done preoperatively with whole body washing.

HiBiScrub helps to prevent SSIs and HAIs7. It provides instant protection and up to a six-hour residual effect6. HiBiScrub is kind to skin as it contains a blend of emollients that is dermatologically tested8.

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  1. Hayley RW, Culver DH, White JW, Morgan WM, Emori TG, Munn VP et al. 1985. The efficacy of infection surveillance and control programs in preventing nosocomial infections in US hospitals. Am J Epidemio. 121:182-205.
  2. Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections, 2011.
  3. Brote L. 1976. Wound infections in clean an potentially contaminated surgery. Acta Chir Scand. 142: 191-200.
  4. Health Protection Agency. Surveillance of surgical site infection in England. London. July 2006. 
  5. Under the knife;  Taking a zero tolerance approach to preventable surgical site infections in UK hospitals; 2011.
  6. Judith Tanner et al. A fresh look at perioperative body washing. Journal of Infection Prevention. 2012.
  7. Hayek et al, J Hosp Infec. 1986;10:165-172.
  8. Mölnlycke Health Care Report REPR0781.
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