A fresh look at preoperative body washing.

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dc.contributor.author Tanner, Judith en
dc.contributor.author Gould, D. en
dc.contributor.author Jenkins, P. en
dc.contributor.author Hilliam, R. en
dc.contributor.author Mistry, N. en
dc.contributor.author Walsh, Susannah E. en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-14T11:49:43Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-14T11:49:43Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Tanner, J. et al. (2012) A fresh look at preoperative body washing. Journal of Infection Prevention, 13 (1), pp. 11-15 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/5612
dc.description.abstract National guidelines do not support preoperative body washing to reduce surgical site infections, instead recommending bathing or showering with soap. Yet preoperative body washing continues to be widely used in many hospitals across Europe. This paper suggests that existing trials of preoperative body washing, upon which guidelines are based, are dated and proposes a new investigation of preoperative body washing using modern definitions of surgical site infection with standardised patient follow up, modern surgical techniques and well designed trials. This paper provides a critique of existing guidelines and describes a randomised trial with 60 participants to compare the effect of soap and two antiseptic washing products on colony forming units (CFUs) for up to six hours. Chlorhexidine gluconate and octenidine were significantly more effective than soap in reducing CFUs in the underarm, and chlorhexidine was significantly more effective than soap in reducing CFUs in the groin.
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Sage en
dc.subject octenidine
dc.subject chlorhexidine gluconate
dc.subject preoperative body washing
dc.title A fresh look at preoperative body washing. en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1757177411428095
dc.researchgroup Pharmaceutical Technologies
dc.researchgroup Biomedical and Environmental Health
dc.researchgroup Pharmaceutical Technologies
dc.researchgroup Health Policy Research Unit
dc.researchgroup Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.ref2014.selected 1365591152_210680080722_3_3


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