Infection Prevention & Control

Skin – The source of the bacteria problem

By: Mölnlycke Health Care, November 26 2015Posted in: Infection Prevention & Control

Skin - the source of the problem

Disinfection is a major priority in all hospitals, which is why all surgical sites and operating rooms are sterile environments. However, one element of surgery cannot be sterilised by hospital staff: the patient.

Studies have shown that the patient’s own skin is responsible for most of the pathogens that cause SSIs.1 Up to 33% of the population naturally carry Staphylococcus aureus on their skin.2

In order to ensure a ‘clean surgery’, the patient must follow the process of whole body washing and disinfect their skin, prior to and following a surgical procedure.

Overall distribution of organisms reported as causing SSIs.3 HiBiScrub Plus is effective against the following:

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