Disinfection of skin and mucous membranes prior to surgical interventions is one of the most elementary measures in the context of infection prevention. Iodine based products, such as our MICROSHIELD® PVP Solution and MICROSHIELD® Ioprep have long been established for disinfection of mucous membranes, while alcoholic products in combination with chlorhexidine gluconate such as MICROSHIELD® Tincture, Tincture 2 & Tincture 2E are ideally suited for skin disinfection.
Skin antisepsis is one of the most important standards for the prevention of surgical site infections (SSI) and catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI). In general, preparations with a high alcohol content (≥ 60%) are used for skin antisepsis, which enable a microbial count reduction of 99 to 99.9% with short exposure times.
Our products MICROSHIELD® Tincture, Tincture 2 & Tincture 2E - exhibit by definition a long-term effect.
This effect is achieved by active ingredients such as chlorhexidine gluconate. After the alcohol component has dried off, these active ingredients remain on the skin for a long time and continue during this time to exert their antimicrobial properties against resident and transient flora. After the alcohol has dried off, the microbial count is further reduced over time. Although the residual effect cannot be demonstrated by standardized test methods, it can be clearly demonstrated experimentally and clinically.