alexa Alcohol Based Handrub versus Traditional Hand Scrub as Surgical Hand Disinfection in a Tertiary Eye Teaching Hospital in Iraq
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Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
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Alcohol Based Handrub versus Traditional Hand Scrub as Surgical Hand Disinfection in a Tertiary Eye Teaching Hospital in Iraq

Suzan AMA Kareem, Ali A Mahmood* and Zaid R Hussein
Ibn Al-Haithem Teaching Eye Hospital, Baghdad, Iraq
Corresponding Author : Ali Abdul Razzaq Mahmood Al-Mafrachi, M.D, F.I.B.M.S (Ophth.)
Pediatric Ophthalmology, Ibn Al-Haithem Teaching Eye Hospital
Al- AndalusSqaure, Al-Wahda Sector, Baghdad, Baghdad 00964, Iraq
Tel: 009647901188764
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: April 03, 2014; Accepted: June 04, 2014; Published: June 11, 2014
Citation: Kareem SAMA, Mahmood AA, Hussein ZR (2014) Alcohol Based Handrub versus Traditional Hand Scrub as Surgical Hand Disinfection in a Tertiary Eye Teaching Hospital in Iraq. J Clin Exp Ophthalmol 5:340. doi:10.4172/2155-9570.1000340
Copyright: © 2014 Kareem SAMA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Aim of the study: To compare alcohol-based handrub solutions and standard surgical scrub in preoperative hand disinfection.

Methods: Single center, blinded, controlled study performed over a period of 4 weeks in the Ibn Al Haithem hospital. Surgeons, seniors and residents (with more than 2 years of experience) volunteered for inclusion in this study by taking their fingerprints on blood agar before and after hand disinfection.

The two methods of disinfection were the following:

A: Alcohol-based handrub with sterillium. The solution is applied to the hands for 1.5 min and then left to dry. The fingertips and thumb prints are then taken on blood agar plates.

B: The hands are washed with soap and water using a gentle brush for 5 min and then left to dry.The fingertips and thumbprints are then taken on blood agar plates.

Results: One hundred samples were collected twice. Fifty volunteers were in each group, and samples were collected before and after washing the hands.

The mean reduction in colony counts was 104.6 (P<0.001) in the alcohol group.

The meanreduction in colony counts was 18.6 (P>0.001) in the standard scrub group.

Conclusion: In preoperative hand disinfection, alcohol-based handrub significantly reduces the bacterial colony counts compared with standard surgical scrub.


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