Bacterial growth on adhesive dressing tapes used for the closure of surgical wounds

Bacterial growth on adhesive dressing tapes used for the closure of surgical wounds Sterile Steri-Strip tape is now commonly used to support sutured closure of skin edges in the operating theatre. This tape is more expensive than non-sterile 3M Micropore tape, which had been used without any evidence of increased wound infections. This prospective clinical trial compared bacterial growth on the two tapes after their application to the intact skin of 21 healthy volunteers from the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department at a District General Hospital. Using an aseptic technique and following chlorhexidine skin preparation, two Steri-Strip adhesive tapes and two measured lengths of 3M Micropore tape were applied to the intact skin of the volunteer’s upper arms, then removed after 7 days, and cultured on blood agar plates. The mean numbers of colony forming units grown from Micropore tape was 24.07 ± 4.10 and for Steri-Strips 19.77 ± 3.30. Coagulase negative staphylococci and Micrococcus species were the main organisms isolated from the cultures. The plates were blinded to the microbiologist counting the colony forming units with the tapes removed after incubation. No adverse skin reactions were noted for either tape and only one Micropore tape demonstrated loss of adhesion. On the skin of healthy volunteers, there was no significant difference between the bacterial growth on either tape. A clinical trial should now be completed to confirm the results of this study that non-sterile 3M Micropore tape can safely be used for the closure of surgical wounds. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Bacterial growth on adhesive dressing tapes used for the closure of surgical wounds

Loading next page...
 
/lp/springer_journal/bacterial-growth-on-adhesive-dressing-tapes-used-for-the-closure-of-hjkAl0wYbB
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-006-0092-8
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

References

  • Tape-closed and sutured wounds: a comparison by tensiometry and scanning electron microscopy
    Forrester, J; Zederfeldt, B; Hayes, T; Hunt, K

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 12 million articles from more than
10,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Unlimited reading

Read as many articles as you need. Full articles with original layout, charts and figures. Read online, from anywhere.

Stay up to date

Keep up with your field with Personalized Recommendations and Follow Journals to get automatic updates.

Organize your research

It’s easy to organize your research with our built-in tools.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

Monthly Plan

  • Read unlimited articles
  • Personalized recommendations
  • No expiration
  • Print 20 pages per month
  • 20% off on PDF purchases
  • Organize your research
  • Get updates on your journals and topic searches

$49/month

Start Free Trial

14-day Free Trial

Best Deal — 39% off

Annual Plan

  • All the features of the Professional Plan, but for 39% off!
  • Billed annually
  • No expiration
  • For the normal price of 10 articles elsewhere, you get one full year of unlimited access to articles.

$588

$360/year

billed annually
Start Free Trial

14-day Free Trial