Comparative Study of the Efficacy of Brushless Surgical Hand Preparation Techniques Using Antiseptic Soap, Alcohol and Non-medicated Soap

Al-Biltagi, Mohammed; Al-Ata, Jameel; Jiman-Fatani, Asif A.; Sindy, Abdullah; Alghamdi, Abdullah; Basabrain, Abdulhameed; Alsabban, Abdulrahman; Jefri, Ahmad; Alzomity, Ahmad
March 2014
British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research;3/11/2014, Vol. 4 Issue 8, p1663
Academic Journal
Background & Objectives: Preoperative hand preparation with a brush-less method is almost a common practice. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of brushless preoperative hand preparation using alcohol to antiseptic soap, and non-medicated soap in eliminating germs by standard proper pre-operative hand preparation. Methods: Twenty volunteers tried three different ways of surgical hand preparation with antiseptic soap, alcohol, and non-medicated soap-based preoperative hand preparation. Results: There was no positive bacterial growth sample in the alcohol-based scrubbing group while it was 2% with positive bacterial growth in the antimicrobial soap and 55% with positive bacterial growth in the non-medicated soap group. Conclusion: The alcohol-based pre-operative hand preparation was significantly more efficient than both the antimicrobial soap and the non-medicated soap.


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