Brushes and picks used on nails during the surgical scrub to reduce bacteria: a randomised trial.

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dc.contributor.author Tanner, Judith
dc.contributor.author Khan, Debra
dc.contributor.author Walsh, Susannah E.
dc.contributor.author Chernova, J.
dc.contributor.author Lamont, S.
dc.contributor.author Laurent, T.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-30T16:04:25Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-30T16:04:25Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Tanner, J., Khan,D., Walsh, S., Chernova, J., Lamont, S. and Laurent, T. (2009) Brushes and picks used on nails during the surgical scrub to reduce bacteria: a randomised trial. Journal of Hospital Infection, 71 (3) pp. 234-238. en
dc.identifier.issn 0195-6701
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/2180
dc.description.abstract Though brushes are no longer used on the hands and forearms during the surgical scrub, they are still widely used on the nails. The aim of this study was to determine if nail picks and nail brushes are effective in providing additional decontamination during a surgical hand scrub. One hundred and sixty four operating department staff were randomised to undertake one of the following three surgical hand scrub protocols; chlorhexidine only, chlorhexidine and a nail pick or chlorhexidine and a nail brush. Bacterial hand sampling was conducted before and one hour after scrubbing using a modified version of the glove juice method. No statistically significant differences in bacterial numbers were found between any two of the three intervention groups. Nail brushes and nail picks used during surgical hand scrubs do not decrease bacterial numbers and are unnecessary.
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.subject Chlorhexidine
dc.subject nail brushes
dc.subject nail picks
dc.subject surgical hand scrubs
dc.title Brushes and picks used on nails during the surgical scrub to reduce bacteria: a randomised trial. en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2008.11.023
dc.researchgroup Pharmaceutical Technologies
dc.researchgroup Biomedical and Environmental Health
dc.researchgroup Health Policy Research Unit
dc.researchgroup Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre
dc.peerreviewed Yes
dc.ref2014.selected 1365591152_210680080722_3_1


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