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Effects and experiences of warm versus cold skin disinfection
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Anesthesiology, Örebro university Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
Centre for Health Care Sciences, Department of Nursing, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden .ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5403-4183
2011 (English)In: British Journal of Nursing, ISSN 0966-0461, E-ISSN 2052-2819, Vol. 20, no 3, p. 148-151Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The intention of preoperative skin antisepsis is to reduce the risk of postoperative surgical wound infections through the prevention of contamination of the wound site from the patient's skin flora, and to provide a sterile work area. This pilot study aimed to compare warm versus cold skin disinfection with a chlorhexidine solution on bacterial growth, skin temperatures and the experiences of the disinfection. Ten healthy volunteers without any association to Sweden's healthcare services were included in an experimental study with crossover design. The results showed that warm (38°C) disinfection seems to be comparable with cold (20°C) disinfection in reducing bacterial growth. Experiences differ, but warm disinfection is generally considered more pleasant than cold as a result of heat-loss to the skin. However, further research with larger sample sizes and on patients undergoing surgery is needed.

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2011. Vol. 20, no 3, p. 148-151
Keywords [en]
Skin disinfection, Bacterial growth, Experience, Temperature
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Nursing
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Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-24502DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2011.20.3.148PubMedID: 21378634Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79951712849OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-24502DiVA, id: diva2:545147
Available from: 2012-08-17 Created: 2012-08-17 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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