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Am J Infect Control. 1993 Dec;21(6):297-301.

Effects of a protective foam on scrubbing and gloving.

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Georgetown University School of Nursing, Washington, DC 20007.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To test the effects of a skin protectant on surgical scrub and glove integrity.

DESIGN:

Forty-nine healthy adult volunteers were assigned (12 subjects per group) to apply a protective foam (DermaMed; Benchmark Enterprises, Salt Lake City, Utah) in conjunction with surgical scrub in one of the following formulations: 70% isopropyl alcohol, a liquid detergent base containing 4% chlorhexidine gluconate, a liquid detergent base containing 7.5% povidone-iodine, or a nonantimicrobial liquid soap (control). According to a standard protocol, subjects performed a surgical scrub on 3 days (every other day). Foam was applied after surgical scrub on day 1 and before surgical scrub on day 3. No foam was applied on day 2. Subjects were gloved for 2 hours after surgical scrub.

SETTING:

Laboratory setting.

RESULTS:

On all test days, there were significant differences in bacterial reduction by products (chlorhexidine gluconate or alcohol > povidone-iodine > control). When controlling for baseline counts and products used, there were no significant differences in colony-forming unit counts on hands with or without foam immediately after scrubbing or at 2 hours after scrub on gloved or ungloved hands, nor were there differences in glove leakage rates when foam was on hands.

CONCLUSIONS:

Such protectants can be used without detrimental effects to scrub effectiveness or glove integrity.

PMID:
8122801
DOI:
10.1016/0196-6553(93)90386-i
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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