Importance of skin preparation
Skin preparation is of the utmost importance in the prevention of SSIs. The recommendation is to use a 2-percent chlorhexidine gluconate and 70-percent isopropyl alcohol solution to decolonise the skin prior to surgery. This is based on a substantial body of evidence suggesting that this is the optimal agent for pre-surgical skin antisepsis
Knowing the rates of SSIs
Studies have demonstrated that the incidence of SSIs varies widely between hospitals and between surgical procedures
Leadership within organisations
To be successful in ‘championing SSI reduction’, the leadership role cannot be emphasised enough. The importance of HCAI reduction, in general, has to be driven through all levels of the organisation by key players who will take the lead in fighting infection. Proper leadership is vital when developing a culture that promotes best practice and where HCAI avoidance is a priority for all staff
Using the right products and solutions for optimal protection
At Mölnlycke Health Care we take great pride in creating the safest possible surgical single-use solutions 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 market
Double gloving has been found to reduce surgical cross-infection between staff and patients
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 control
BARRIER® – surgical drapes
All BARRIER drapes are designed to contribute to patient safety by providing a 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.
HiBi® antiseptics – hand wash and whole body wash
Hands are a possible source and vehicle for transmitting microorganisms
The patient's skin is an important source of wound contamination