The use of gloves in healthcare associated infection. Current controversies
Does double gloving reduce SSI rates? What evidence exists to support the use of antimicrobial impregnated gloves?
8 Nov 2012
Surgical hand antisepsis to reduce surgical site infection.
What is the best solution to use for surgical scrubbing?
1 Jan 2012
Effects of subcutaneous drain for the prevention of incisional SSI in high-risk patients undergoing colorectal surgery.
Placing subcut drains intra-operatively in high risk patients
24 May 2011
Intra-operative technique as a factor in the prevention of surgical site infection
What constitutes best practice intra-operatively to minimise SSI
18 Apr 2011
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Pre-educational intervention survey of healthcare practitioners' compliance with infection prevention measures in cardiothoracic surgery: low compliance but internationally comparable surgical site infection rate.
What are the compliance rates of surgeons, nurses and anaesthetists to infection prevention peri-operatively? This study in a maltese hospital assesses these compliance rates
1 Mar 2011
A targeted e-learning programme for surgical trainees to enhance patient safety in preventing surgical infection
Our website www.surginfection.com was used as part of a blended learning initiative in our local hospital. We report on the use of audit to tailor make targeted educational interventions as well as detail website acess data for the first 6 weeks following it going live online.
11 Jan 2011
Effect of a comprehensive surgical safety system on patient outcomes
Is it a case of the more surgical checklists the better? Following on from the SSSL peri-operative checklist from the WHO, this team of researchers from the Netherlands examine whether a checklist encompassing both pre- and post-operative phases of a patients in-hospital journey can decrease adverse surgical events
12 Nov 2010
Chlorhexidine-Alcohol versus Povidone-Iodine for Surgical-Site Antisepsis
This study is a randomised controlled multicentre trial from the USA, published in the NEJM. In it it compares chlorhexidine-alcohol against povidone-iodine to determine which is most effective as pre-operative surgical site antisepsis in prevention of surgical site infection
7 Oct 2010
Use of face masks by non-scrubbed operating room staff: a randomized controlled trial
This study, published in the ANZ J Surgery 2010 is a randomized controlled trial assessing whether the wearing of face masks by non scrubbed personnel in operating theatres is in fact associated with a decreased risk of SSI to the patient
20 Jul 2010
Compliance with guidelines to prevent surgical site infections: As simple as 1-2-3?
This study published in the Am J Surg in June 2010 (epub ahead of print) is an assessment in two US hospitals of compliance to best practice in terms of surgical prophylaxis choice, timing and duration, as well as maintenance of patient normothermia intra-operatively
1 Jul 2010