Using the right equipment for optimal protection
At Mölnlycke Health Care we take great pride in creating the safest possible surgical single-use equipment for the security of both patients and clinicians. Infection prevention is at the core of everything we do and we are continuously developing new products and solutions to provide even better staff and patient protection. Choosing the right products is an essential component in sustaining and developing successful infection control.
Biogel® – surgical gloves
Biogel® has a superior puncture indication system for enhanced safety. Up to 97 percent of glove punctures are detected with the Biogel puncture indication system. This is a security feature that helps to minimise the risk for both patient and health care professionals from blood-borne pathogens, including HIV and hepatitis viruses. Overall, Biogel surgical gloves have the best Acceptable Quality Level (AQL) for freedom from holes on the market8.
Double gloving has been found to reduce surgical cross-infection between staff and patients8. Double gloving is recommended by US AORN (Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses) and the RCS (Royal College of Surgeons of England). Studies have shown that the detection of perforation during surgery was a worryingly low 37 percent with single gloves compared to 87 percent with a Biogel puncture indication system. Adding a second pair of surgical gloves significantly reduces perforations to the innermost glove, 34.7 percent for single gloves and only 3.8 percent for double gloves9,10.
BARRIER® – surgical staff clothing
BARRIER® surgical staff clothing includes a selection of protection and comfort combinations, adapted to the varying demands of different procedures. BARRIER surgical gowns are procedure-specific products folded for easy aseptic donning. Surgical gowns not only prevent infection of the surgical wound, they also protect the operating team from liquid contamination. BARRIER surgical gowns offer different levels of protection, covering the needs of less invasive operations with fluid-repellent material through to wet surgery with breathable plastic reinforced fronts, impermeable sleeves and impermeable seams. The toughest conditions can be met with a surgical gown that is impermeable all over. BARRIER surgical gowns also have very high comfort levels thanks to the breathable and soft material.
Wearing apparel is developed to ensure both patient safety and comfort for healthcare professionals. The range of single-use scrub suits and warm-up jackets provides the comfort and quality of wearing fresh clothes every day. Single-use scrub suits contribute to hospital infection control6. The clean air suits provide an effective infection barrier and reduce the flow of skin scales carrying bacteria from staff to the environment5, 7. View the full range of staff clothing, which also includes headwear and masks.
BARRIER® – surgical drapes
All BARRIER® drapes are designed to ensure the best possible patient safety by providing an optimal barrier against microbial migration. Effective infection control is achieved through impermeable materials where needed while effective fluid control is obtained through absorption or fluid collection pouches – allowing for a drier working area. All foldings are designed for optimal aseptic handling and easy application, which also contributes to infection control. The BARRIER products also come complete with the best available service and support including both training for optimal usage and tailored supply and logistic solutions all according to your need. View the full range of surgical drapes.
HiBi® antiseptics – hand wash and whole body wash
Hands are a possible source and vehicle for transmitting microorganisms6. Using HiBiScrub in combination with HiBi Liquid Hand Rub+ will provide immediate kill with an effective Scrub up and Top Up technique9. This combination provides up to six hours residual effect10.
The patient's skin is an important source of wound contamination6 and it is important to reduce the microbial burden and hence the risk of infection. This is commonly done preoperatively with whole body washing. HiBiScrub helps to prevent surgical site infections (SSIs) and hospital-acquired infections (HAIs)11. It provides instant protection and up to a six-hour residual effect10. HiBiScrub is kind to skin as it contains a blend of emollients that is dermatologically tested12.