Residual bacterial contamination after surgical preparation of the foot or ankle with or without alcohol.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

To investigate the usefulness of a standard surgical preparation in prevention of surgical site contamination, 49 consecutive patients undergoing foot or ankle surgery were randomly assigned to standard preparation with chlorhexidine gluconate home scrubs and preoperative povidone-iodine or to standard preparation plus preoperative preparation with 70% alcohol. Results were available for all 49 patients. Cultures were positive for normal aerobic bacteria from the toes of nine of 26 patients (35%) receiving standard surgical preparation and from the toes of 13 of 23 patients (57%) receiving standard preparation plus alcohol (P = 0.12). No patient had a positive culture for anaerobic organisms or clinical evidence of infection or wound problems. Standard surgical preparation did not provide a completely sterile field, and the inclusion of alcohol added no benefit.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hort, KR; DeOrio, JK

Published Date

  • October 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 946 - 948

PubMed ID

  • 12398148

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1071-1007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/107110070202301010


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States