Whole body washing enables a clean procedure

Antimicrobial skin cleanser HiBiScrub® contains chlorhexidine gluconate, which unlike soaps and gels, binds to the skin and offers persistent, superior protection for six hours2. The efficacy is strengthened upon repeated application3. HiBiScrub containing the active chlorhexidine gluconate has a significant proven efficacy killing a wide range of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, yeasts, fungi and viruses4. Helping to provide protection against surgical site infections and incision site bacterial growth of microorganisms in less than 60 seconds5. This helps to provide protection against surgical site infections6.


Using a nasal antibiotic in conjunction with whole body washing with HiBiScrub reduces the risk of S aureus associated HAIs by nearly 60%7

Helps provide protection against surgical site infections (SSIs) and hospital acquired infections (HAIs)6

Provides instant protection8

Provides residual protection, up to 6 hours long-lasting effect2

Kills a wide range of microorganisms4, 5

Is kind to skin9, even with frequent use10

HiBiScrub improves cost effectiveness by helping to provide protection against surgical site infections



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 year12. 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 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 provide protection against SSIs. HiBiScrub for whole body washing is a highly effective antiseptic solution.

HiBiScrub will keep working long after application, continuously killing bacteria for up to six hours2. This will reduce the natural bacteria found on one in three people’s skin12 by 94%13.

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 rates14.

A randomized controlled trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that whole body washing with HiBiScrub in conjunction with mupirocin nasal ointment can reduce S aureus associated hospital acquired infections by up to 60%5.

Each year in the EU, one in every 20 patients acquires a hospital acquired infection (HAI), leading to 4.5 million infections15. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 2-5% of patients undergoing surgery will acquire a surgical site infection (SSI)12.

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1. Mölnlycke Health Care Report REPR0145
2  JTanner et al. A fresh look at perioperative body washing. Journal of Infection Prevention. (2012) vol 13 11 - 15
3. Faogali J et al; 1995. Comparison of the immediate, residual, and cumulative antibacterial effects of Novaderm R, Novascrub R, Betadine Surgical Scrub, Hibiclens, and liquid soap. Vol 23; 337-343
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. Hayek et al, J Hosp Infect. 1987; 10:165-172
7. Bode LGM et al; 2010. NEJM. Preventing Surgical-Site infections in nasal carriers of Staphylococcus aureus. Vol 362; 9-17.  
8. Mölnlycke Health Care Report REPR0432
9. Mölnlycke Health Care Report REPR0781
10. 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
11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Annual epidemiological report on the communicable diseases in Europe 2008. Chapter 2: Healthcare-associated infections.
12. Health Protection Agency, MRSA information for patients (www.hpa.org.uk)
13. Bryne DJ, Napier A, Cuschieri A. 1990. Rationalizing whole body disinfection J Hosp Infect. 15(2):183-7.
14. Brote L. 1976. wound infections in clean an potentially contaminated surgery. Acta Chir Scand. 142: 191-200
15 Commission of the European Communities. Accompanying document to the Communication and Recommendation on patient safety, including the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections. December 2008.
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