Preoperative bathing or showering with skin antiseptics to prevent surgical site infection (Review)

Webster, Joan and Osborne, Sonya (2015) Preoperative bathing or showering with skin antiseptics to prevent surgical site infection (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2 - CD004985). pp. 1-49.

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Abstract

Surgical site infection is a serious complication of surgery and is usually associated with increased length of hospital stay for the patient, and also higher hospital costs. The use of an antiseptic solution for preoperative bathing or showering is widely practiced in the belief that it will help to prevent surgical site infections from developing. This review identified seven trials, with over 10,000 patients, that tested skin antiseptics (chlorhexidine solution) against normal soap or no presurgical washing. The review of these trials did not show clear evidence that the use of chlorhexidine solution before surgery was better than other wash products at preventing surgical site infections from developing after surgery.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2019 03:42
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2019 04:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: anti‐infective agents, local; baths; chlorhexidine; disinfection; female; humans; male; preoperative care; randomized controlled trials; soaps; surgical wound infection
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111001 Aged Care Nursing
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004985.pub5
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36099

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