Adhesive Surgical Drapes Shown to Lower Risk of Postoperative Wound Contamination

Posted on 11/30/2021 11:28:34 AM By Infectious Disease Advisor

Reviews and Meta analysis carried out by the University of Toronto on four randomized and one quazi-randomized clinical trials published between 2018 and 2020 have supported the connection between the use of adhesive surgical drapes and lowered chances of wound contamination after orthopedic operations.

The researchers report that this was determined irrespective of whether or not the drapes had infused antimicrobial or antiseptic properties, and subject to the use of the correct adhesive being used to ensure the drapes did not peel back further than 1cm from the postoperative wound.

The Canadian researchers reviewed and analyzed five trials, two of which were published in Iran, and one in each in Japan, the United States and Denmark. The trials included between 88 and 1187 patients (most of them men) with average ages of between 37 and 67.

The studies reviewed and analyzed included both adhesive drapes which had been impregnated with different  infusions determined by the operations carried out, which included knee and hip replacements, hip dysplasia, rotator cuff repairs, and lumbar spine operations, as well as those which were not infused at all. Regardless of the differences in drapes used, all showed a similar pattern and decreased risk of wound contamination when compared with those situations in which no adhesive drapes were used.