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Skin Recolonisation

Skin Recolonisation

Image of skin on the human bodyThe most common cause of surgical site infection is the patients own skin flora1
Image of surgical site prepped with surgical skin prep

Infection prevention interventions that reduce microorganisms on the skin surrounding the incision decrease the risk of surgical site infection2

Image of micro-organisms on the skin

True sterilisation of the skin is impossible: approximately 20% of the resident flora is beyond the reach of surgical scrubs and antiseptics3

Image of Ioban EZ being applied to the surgical site in the operating theatre

3M™ Ioban™ Incise Drapes form a sterile physical barrier around the incision site and bacterial wound contamination is reduced4

 

How to prevent skin recolonisation after prepping with incise drapes

3M™ Ioban™ 2 Antimicrobial Incise Drapes reduce the likelihood of skin recolonisation after prepping5, and thus reduce the risk of wound contamination by skin flora.7

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Image showing a graph comparing the bacterial regrowth on the skin with four different decontamincation methods

Ioban incise drapes:
- Provide a broad spectrum antimicrobial activity and a continuous release of iodine.4
- Create a sterile surface with adhesion to the wound edge.
- Have a proven microbiocidal effect in vitro on a wide range of organisms including MRSA and MRSE.8
- Significantly reduce bacterial wound contamination in clean and clean-contaminated surgeries.9

The Importance of Reducing Skin Recolonisation

Image of Ioban EZ antimicrobial incise drape

It is a constant battle to reduce skin recolonisation as skin flora keeps growing.5 The high probability of the entrance of bacteria should be a constant challenge to reduce such contamination.6


A method to protect against a broad spectrum of microorganisms throughout the procedure is a necessary intervention. 3M™ Ioban™ Incise Drapes form a sterile physical barrier around the incision site and bacterial wound contamination is reduced.4

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NICE recommends as part of surgical site infection prevention that if an incise drape is required, use an iodophor impregnated drape, unless the patient has an iodine allergy.2

Learn more about skin recolonisation and impact on SSI

The Challenge of Skin Recolonisation

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Mr Philip Roberts, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

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The complexity of the skin including the micro-organisms found and achieving a sterile surface on which to operate
The importance of reducing skin recolonisation

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Mr Philip Roberts, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

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The importance of managing skin recolonisation
Cost Implication of Skin Recolonisation

Speaker
Mr Philip Roberts, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

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The cost impact of skin recolonisation and surgical site infection (SSI) including the effect on patients and cost to hospitals
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References

  1. Whyte W, et al. J Hosp Infec 1991; 18: 93-107.
  2. NICE Clinical Guidance 74. Surgical site infection: prevention and treatment of surgical site infection. 2008.
  3. Sebben JE. J Am Acad Dermatol 1983; 9: 759-65.
  4. Yoshimura Y, et al. World J Surg 2003; 27: 685-8.
  5. D. H. Johnston, J. A. Fairclough, et al. 1987 Rate of bacterial recolonization of the skin after preparation: four methods compared Br. J. Surg., Vol. 74, January, page 64
  6. Lovell DL. Archives of Surgery. 1945. 51: 78-80.
  7. Professor John Fairclough, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. 2010
  8. An In vitro Time-kill Study to Compare the Antimicrobial Activity of Three Antimicrobial Surgical Incise Drapes by Chou Eyberg, Dan Morse, Linda Olson and Patrick Parks, 3M Corporation, St. Paul, MN, USA – Poster presented at SHEA in March 2009.
  9. Dewan PA, et al. The use of an iodophor-impregnated plastic incise drape in abdominal surgery - a controlled clinical. Aust N Z J Surg, 1987: 57(11): 859-63.