Is a Hand Scrub by Soap and Water or by Betadine Mandatory before Surgery?

Abdul Ghany Al-Dabbagh

Basrah Journal of Surgery مجلة البصرة الجراحية
ISSN: 16833589 / ONLINE 2409501X Year: 2002 Volume: 8 Issue: 2 Pages: 250
Publisher: Basrah University جامعة البصرة


One thousand two hundred and forty swabs were taken from hands of surgeons and assistants in different theaters after vigorous scrubbing by brush with soap and water alone or betadine (as disinfectant). All swabs were cultured to assess for microorganism contamination. The study showed that there was no much difference between those three methods of disinfection after 3 minutes scrubbing. Data were analyzed statistically using Chi-square test. The calculated statistical values were tested on the level of significance of (p<0.05).