Infection prevention

Preoperative body wash to reduce bacteria on the patient's skin

A major risk in any surgery is that surgical sites may become infected with bacteria from the patient’s own natural skin flora1. There is a significant relationship between positive skin culture and wound infection rates, suggesting that the skin is a possible source of contamination1.

In the operating room, all staff and equipment have followed a rigorous disinfection procedure prior to surgery commencing. The surgical site is clean. However, unless the patient has followed the process of whole body washing and disinfected their skin, the same cannot be said for the rest of the patient's body. The whole body washing general and skin-cleansing procedure provides a safe and efficient way of disinfecting the patient's body2.

Further reading: Skin – The source of the problemThe problem with soap and waterHiBi® antiseptics

Incorporating the whole body wash with HiBi®Scrub along with a nasal ointment can reduce the risk of hospital-acquired Staphylococcus aureus infections by nearly 60 percent3.

The chlorhexadine gluconate in HiBiScrub supports a fast and effective spectrum of kill on a wide range of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, yeast, fungi and viruses4.

In 15 seconds HiBi®Scrub Plus kills several Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms that are resistant to some of the most widely used antibiotics5.

In 20 seconds HiBiScrub provides an inactivation of H5N1 (NIBRG-14 Avian flu construct)3 and in 30 seconds H1N1 (VR-333 Swine flu strain) is inactivated6.

Dermatologically tested HiBiScrub Plus contains a blend of emollients that is kind to the skin7. HiBiScrub Plus with four percent /v chlorhexidine gluconate helps soften the skin. It reduces moisture loss to help prevent dry skin7, even with the frequent usage required to whole body wash effectively8.

Tests have shown that patients who have showered with four-percent chlorhexidine had no bacterial growth on 43 percent of incision sites. This is compared to only 16 percent for PVPI and a mere five percent of medicated soap-and-water sites9.

Professor Judith Tanner introduces whole body washing

Mölnlycke Health Care and Professor Judith Tanner introduce whole body washing and the study results from comparing two body-washing antiseptic products to washing with soap. The study was published in Journal of Infection Prevention in 2011.

Read the full article: A fresh look at preoperative body washing

This is how it works

By following a few simple steps the patient can be assured of reducing the risk of infection to both her/himself and others, before and during her/his hospital stay.

 

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References

  1. Brote L. 1976. wound infections in clean an potentially contaminated surgery. Acta Chir Scand. 142: 191-200.
  2. JTanner et al. A fresh look at perioperative body washing. Journal of Infection Prevention. (2012) vol 13 11 – 15 / Molnlycke Healthcare Report REPR0654.
  3. Bode LGM et al.; 2010. NEJM. Preventing surgical-site infections in nasal carriers of Staphylococcus aureus. Vol 362; 9-17.
  4. Denton, GW; 2001. Chlorhexidine. Chapter 15 in Disinfection, Sterilization, and Preservation. Ed. Block SS. Fifth Ed. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  5. Mölnlycke Health Care Report REPR0432.
  6. Mölnlycke Health Care Report REPR0150.
  7. Mölnlycke Health Care Report REPR0781.
  8. Larson EL, Eke PI, Laughon BE. 1986. Efficacy of alcohol-based hand rinses under frequent use conditions. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Vol 30; 542-544.
  9. Garibaldi RE et al. 1988. Prevention of intraoperative wound contamination with chlorhexidine shower and scrub. J of Hosp Infec. Vol 11:5-9.
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