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Am J Surg. 2011 Aug;202(2):133-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2010.06.011. Epub 2011 May 19.

Impact of using triclosan-antibacterial sutures on incidence of surgical site infection.

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Department of Surgery, Cairo University Hospitals, Cairo, Egypt. Ibrahim.galal2008@gmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Surgical site infection is a common complication of surgery. Its morbidities range from delayed healing to systemic sepsis. It has impact on the economy and health care resources.

METHODS:

This study was a prospective, randomized, double-blinded, controlled multicenter study aimed to compare triclosan-coated polyglactin 910 sutures with polyglactin 910 sutures for the reduction of surgical site infections. This article details the results from the Cairo University center. A total of 450 patients who had undergone different surgical procedures were enrolled; 230 were enrolled in the study group and 220 were enrolled in the control group.

RESULTS:

The study group and the control group were comparable regarding risk factors for surgical site infection. Surgical site infection incidence was 7% in the study group and 15% in the control group (P = .011). The mean extended stay as a result of infection was 3.71 days, with an average cost $91 US per day.

CONCLUSIONS:

Use of the triclosan-coated polyglactin 910 antimicrobial suture lead to reduction of surgical site infection and has an impact on saving health care resources. The triclosan-coated polyglactin 910 antimicrobial suture could save $1,517,727 yearly in this single center.

PMID:
21600552
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjsurg.2010.06.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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