Presurgical Hand Antisepsis: Concepts and Current Habits of Veterinary Surgeons


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Abstract

Objective:To assess current habits for surgical hand preparation among veterinary surgical specialists and to compare data with current guidelines for hand asepsis techniques.Study design:Survey of veterinary surgical specialists.Sample Population:Diplomates of the American (ACVS) and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS).Methods:An internet-based survey of hand preparation methods before surgical procedures was conducted of 1300 listed ACVS and ECVS Diplomates.Results:A 42.6% response rate was obtained. Approximately, 80% of respondents use disinfecting soaps as a primary method for hand antisepsis. Of those, 81% use chlorhexidine-based scrubs and 7% use a neutral soap followed by a hydroalcoholic solution.Conclusions:Contrary to current recommendations of the World Health Organization and scientific evidence supporting use of hydro-alcoholic rubs for presurgical hand preparation, veterinary surgical specialists still use surgical scrub solutions containing disinfecting soaps.

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