Infection prevention

Skin – source of the bacteria problem

By : Mölnlycke Health Care, May 24 2012Posted in: Infection prevention

Skin - the source of the problem

Disinfection is a major priority in all hospitals, which is why all surgical sites and operating rooms are sterile environments. However, one element of surgery cannot be sterilized by hospital staff: the patient.

Studies have shown that the patient’s own skin is responsible for most of the pathogens that cause SSIs1. Up to 33 percent of the population naturally carry Staphylococcus aureus on their skin2.

In order to ensure a ‘clean surgery’, the patient must follow the process of whole body washing and disinfect their skin, prior to and following a surgical procedure.

Overall distribution of organisms reported as causing SSIs3. HiBiScrub Plus is effective against the following:


  1. Brote L. 1976. wound infections in clean an potentially contaminated surgery. Acta Chir Scand. 142: 191-200
  2. Health Protection Agency, MRSA information for patients (
  3. Surveillance of Surgical Site infections in NHS hospitals in England, 2010/2011. Health Protection Agency HPA. 2011.
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