Reducing Skin Recolonisation

Reducing Skin Recolonisation

Protect your patients from surgical site infections

  • Surgical site infections are a serious issue for hospitals, as they can result in extended hospital stays and increased patient mortality.1 Treat the source of surgical site infections more effectively by reducing bacteria on the skin to the lowest level possible with 3M™ Ioban™ Incise Drapes, which reduce contamination by forming a sterile physical barrier over the wound and have been proven effective in a study showing fewer colonies of bacteria forming on skin, when compared with CHG, PVI or alcohol and non-iodophor impregnated incise drapes8. Contact a clinical specialist today to find out how 3M can work with your organisation to best meet the needs of your patients.

Skin recolonisation facts: Did you know?

  • 3x Longer

    Hospital-aquired infections can increase stay times for patients by up to 3 times.4

  • 20%

    Approximately 20% of hospital flora is beyond the reach of surgical scrubs and antiseptics.5

  • 50%

    Patients using alcohol and 3M™ Ioban™ 2 Incise Drapes had over 50% fewer bacterial colony forming units (CFU) on their skin compared to other preparations, even 3 hours after application.8

NICE Recommendation

  • Evidence:

    Surgical site infections have various causes, the most common source being the patient's own skin flora.7 Reducing skin recolonisation while skin flora continues to grow,5 along with the high probability of bacteria when trying to reduce such contamination, is a constant battle for medical professionals.10


    If an incise drape is required, use an iodophor impregnated drape unless the patient has an iodine allergy.6


    3M™ Ioban™ 2 Antimicrobial Surgical Incise Drapes reduce the likelihood of skin recolonisation after prepping8, and thus reduce the risk of wound contamination by skin flora.9

    Contact a clinical specialist today to see how 3M can help you to reduce the risk of infection by becoming NICE compliant.

Reducing Skin Recolonisation

Prevent surgical site infections with 3M

  • Sterile Field

    Not all surgical incise drapes are the same

    3M™ Ioban™ Incise Drapes form a sterile, physical barrier around the incision site, reducing bacterial skin recolonisation. They can be used on every patient*, providing peace of mind that all is being done to prevent wound contamination.

    "Ioban surgical incise drapes are essential for surgeons looking to reduce the risk of SSIs and create a sterile field not achievable by skin preparation alone. The drape stays in place while the active agent keeps on working."

    Mr. Philip Roberts
    Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
    University Hospital of North Staffordshire
    January 2012

  • Graph

    When tested against 12 microorganisms commonly associated with SSI, Ioban incise drapes were more effective than other antimicrobial surgical incise drapes2.

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  • Graph

    A study shows fewer colony forming units of bacteria on skin treated with Ioban incise drapes, compared with CHG, PVI or alcohol, and non-iodophor impregnated incise drapes8.

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3M Ioban Incise Drapes: Customer testimonials

Contact 3M for a consultation

3M is dedicated to partnering with you to help reduce SSIs, as well as increasing efficiency, effectiveness and patient comfort. Contact us today to find out how we can meet your needs.


    1. NICE Clinical Guidance 74. Surgical site infection: prevention and treatment of surgical site infection. 2008
    2. Eyberg C, et al. Poster presented, Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America, March 2009
    3. Health Protection Agency. Surveillance of Surgical Site Infections in NHS Hospitals in England. 2011/2012
    4. Plowman R, Graves N, Griffin M et al (1999) The socio-economic burden of hospital acquired infection. London: Public Health Laboratory Service
    5. Sebben JE. J Am Acad Dermatol 1983; 9: 759-65
    6. NICE (2008) Clinical Guideline 74, Surgical Site Infections: Prevention and treatment of surgical site infection. Section 6.6
    7. Whyte W, et al. J Hosp Infec 1991; 18: 93-107
    8. D.H. Johnston, J.A. Fairclough, et al. 1987 Rate of bacterial recolonization of the skin after preparation: four methods compared Br. J. Surg., Vol. 74, January, page 64.
    9. Professor John Fairclough, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, University Hospital of Wales. 2010
    10. Lovell DL. Archives of Surgery. 1945.51:78-80

    *Not to be used on neonates or those with an iodine allergy

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