A recent study from the European Commission shows that an additional 16 million extra hospital days were attributed to treating HAIs at a cost of EUR 435 daily, resulting in additional spend of EUR 7 billion per year14. Implementing a whole body wash procedure can reduce the number of HAIs and, therefore, unnecessary costs associated with treatment.
Whole body washing
Incorporate whole body washing in infection control guidelines
Incorporating the whole body washing into infection control guidelines can influence surgical procedures to be genuinely clean from the very start. Using HiBi high-quality antiseptic products to prepare patients before and after surgery will help to reduce the bacteria level on the skin which can lead to SSIs. HiBiScrub Plus for whole body washing is a highly effective antiseptic solution.
HiBiScrub Plus will keep working long after application, continuously killing bacteria for up to 6 hours9, 10. This will reduce the natural bacteria found on 1 in 3 people’s skin by 93%9, 15.
Clinical research on whole body washing
The patient is a source of contamination due to the significant relationship between positive skin culture and wound infection rates8.
A randomised control trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that whole body washing with HiBiScrub Plus in conjunction with mupirocin nasal ointment can reduce infections by up to 60%6.
Each year in the EU every 1 in 20 patients acquire a hospital-acquired infection (HAI), leading to 4.5 million infections. According to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), 2-5% of patients undergoing surgery will acquire a surgical site infection (SSI)14.
Integrating the whole body washing process into your infection control guidelines ensures the bacteria on your patients skin, commonly known to cause an SSI, is removed.
• Postoperative infections were down to 8 % from 17.5 % in a study of 341 patients using a chlorhexidine whole body wash16
• Twenty-fold reduction in skin bacteria count after showering three times with 4 % chlorhexidine in a randomized controlled trial17
• HiBiScrub Plus reduces skin flora by 94 % with the first whole body wash and then by a further 77 % with the second18
Use biocides safely. Always read the label and product information before use.