Intraoperative Hygiene Measures and Surgical Site Infections
Surgical site infections are associated with high morbidity and cost Hypothesis: Extended intraoperative hygiene measures decrease surgical site infections in general surgery compared to standard hygiene measures.
Surgical Site Infection
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Intraoperative Hygiene Measures and Rates of Surgical Wound Infection in General Surgery|
- Surgical site infection 30 days postoperative [ Time Frame: 30 days ]
- Adherence to rules of asepsis by members of the surgical team [ Time Frame: intraoperative ]
|Study Start Date:||July 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||January 2007|
Extended hygiene measures
Standard hygiene measures
Intraoperatively two types of hygiene measures were performed randomly: standard and extensive. Standard hygiene measures included empiric accepted measures (e.g. gloves, masks, disinfection). Extensive hygiene measures included among others: double gloving, astro caps, extensive disinfection, extensive intraoperative rinsing. In addition, intraoperative adherence to the rules of asepsis were registered by an independent observer.
Patients were followed for 30 days.
|Department of Visceral and Transplant Surgery, University hospital, Inselspital|
|Bern, Switzerland, 3010|
|Study Director:||Daniel Candinas, MD||Department of Visceral and Transplant Surgery|