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How Do You Use A Surgical Scrub Brush?

Sep. 16, 2022

Hands are the easiest way to spread germs, a small percentage of which are harmless, non-pathogenic microorganisms normally found on human skin. Other types of germs found in the air and on surfaces, such as viruses and bacteria, are responsible for many diseases, from the more common and less serious (such as colds) to more serious illnesses. Some bacteria can survive on surfaces for hours and can enter your eyes, nose and mouth through your hands.


Keeping your hands clean is therefore vital to prevent infection, both in your social life and in medical facilities such as hospitals, clinics and dental practices.


As we are currently experiencing a coronavirus crisis, we need to pay closer attention to this good hygiene practice in order to prevent transmission and limit the risk of Covid-19 transmission now and in the future. Hand washing is widely recognised as an essential precaution against infection.

Dry Surgical Scrub Brush

 Dry Surgical Scrub Brush

5 key moments for hand washing

In healthcare settings, it is essential to wash hands at the 5 critical times defined by the WHO.


1. Before contact with a patient

You must wash your hands before touching a patient, even if it is a standard contact such as approaching them or shaking hands.


2. Before aseptic operations

If possible, use a surgical scrub brush and you must wash your hands before any aseptic procedure, such as dental cleaning where the skin is not intact.

Dry Surgical Scrub Brush

 Dry Surgical Scrub Brush

3. After contact with body fluids or bioaerosols

You must clean your hands (after removing gloves) immediately after possible contact with body fluids or bioaerosols, for example after contact with mucous membranes or incomplete skin or after performing dental cleaning.


4. After contact with a patient

After contact with the patient or in close proximity to the patient


5. After contact with the patient's surroundings

After contact with any object or furniture near the patient, even if there is no direct contact with the patient.

 Dry Surgical Scrub Brush

 Dry Surgical Scrub Brush

Hand washing before aseptic operations

Surgical disinfection of the hands and forearms involves thorough washing with an antiseptic soap. This is done by all members of the surgical team who are in direct contact with the sterile surgical area to reduce bacterial loads and transient flora.


For maximum accuracy, the operator must ensure the following before hand washing (CDC 2002/II, WHO 2006/II)


The procedure must be carried out before any basic or highly invasive surgical procedure and at the end of the working day.

Dry Surgical Scrub Brush

 Dry Surgical Scrub Brush

Guidelines for the use of dry surgical brushes

There are different types of surgical cleaning products on the market. The most common surgical scrubs are liquid antiseptics or foam soaps used in combination with water and a dry surgical scrub brush.


If you are using a dry surgical scrub brush, do the following.


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