• Corpus ID: 36044656

Laundering Methods for Reusable Surgical Scrubs: A Literature Review.

  title={Laundering Methods for Reusable Surgical Scrubs: A Literature Review.},
  author={Christina M Vera and Tony Umadhay and Marquessa D Fisher},
  journal={AANA journal},
  volume={84 4},
Surgical site infection is one of the most frequent and serious postoperative complications. Surgical site infections may be precipitated by high bacterial loads introduced into the operating room setting. The most common microorganisms contributing to infections are Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and Pseudomonas. The potential for scrub uniforms to carry bacteria has been shown in several studies. Recommendations for surgical scrubs worn by operating room personnel and specific laundering… 

Tables from this paper

An Educational Module on the Utilization of Chlorhexidine Impregnated Surgical Attire in Operating Room Staff to Decrease Surgical Infections
The usage of chlorhexidine surgical attire can decrease the incidence of transmitting infections from the healthcare provider to a patient surgical wound, and there are modifiable and unmodifiable risks that can increase the chance of SSIs in combination with high-risk surgeries.
Microbial Contamination of Medical Staff Clothing During Patient Care Activities: Performance of Decontamination of Domestic Versus Industrial Laundering Procedures
In both the naturally and artificially contaminated fabric squares, no bacterial growth at all the time-points analyzed was observed was observed after industrial laundering, which provided to be more effective in bacterial decontamination than domestic washes.
Dress Code in the Perianesthesia Setting.
  • Theresa Clifford
  • Medicine
    Journal of perianesthesia nursing : official journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
  • 2017


Surgical attire, practices and their perception in the prevention of surgical site infection.
Home laundering of soiled surgical scrubs: surgical site infections and the home environment.
  • N. Belkin
  • Medicine
    American journal of infection control
  • 2001
It is concluded that the need for having soiled scrubs laundered by a facility-approved laundry is indefensible and simply predicated on the "that's the way the authors've always done it" syndrome.
Back to basics: preventing surgical site infections.
Bacterial Contamination of Surgical Scrubs and Laundering Mechanisms : Infection Control
The study’s aim was to determine whether or not this information provided any insight into the safety and efficacy of re-usable versus singleuse scrubs and laundering mechanism.
[Systematic review of surgical gowns in the control of contamination/surgical site infection].
There is no difference in contamination and infection of the surgical site between fabric and non-fabric scrubs, according to the material they are made of.
The bacterial contamination of surgical scrubs.
It is found that unworn scrubs harbored normal skin flora and scrubs worn for at least 24 hours have a higher burden of bacteria than unwworn scrubs but not an increased incidence of contamination with MDR organisms.
RP First Look: New recommended practices for surgical attire.
Reducing surgical site infections: a review.
The prevention of surgical site infections encompasses meticulous operative technique, timely administration of appropriate preoperative antibiotics, and a variety of preventive measures aimed at neutralizing the threat of bacterial, viral, and fungal contamination posed by operative staff, the operating room environment, and the patient's endogenous skin flora.
Surgical‐Site Infections and Routes of Bacterial Transfer: Which Ones Are Most Plausible?
  • O. Ibrahimi, V. Sharon, D. Eisen
  • Medicine
    Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]
  • 2011
The route with the most significant potential for iatrogenic bacterial transfer is direct physical contact, which would probably have the best chances of reducing the incidence of SSIs.
  • P. Jurkovich
  • Medicine
    MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing
  • 2004
The results of this pilot study suggested that scrubs laundered both at home and in the hospital were free of pathogens, and that differing home washing procedures made no difference.