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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 115-118

Microbial colonisation of orthopaedic tourniquets: A potential risk for surgical site infection


1 Department of Microbiology, VSS Medical College, Burla, Sambalpur, Odisha, India
2 Department of Orthopaedics, VSS Medical College, Burla, Sambalpur, Odisha, India

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S K Sahu
Department of Microbiology, VSS Medical College, Burla, Sambalpur, Odisha
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.150910

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Pneumatic tourniquets have been used in orthopaedic surgery to get avascular fields. Sixteen such tourniquets were analysed for microbial colonisation. Samples were taken from two inner and two outer areas of each tourniquet and cultured on sheep blood agar. Eight of these were wiped with Savlon and the rest with Sterillium solution. Post-treatment samples from the same sites were again cultured. After incubation, colonies from each site were identified and counted. It was observed that the tourniquets were colonised with coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus, diphtheroids, Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter, enterococci, enterobacteria, and Candida. On treating with Savlon and Sterillium, there was 92.18% and 95.70% reduction in the colony count, respectively.






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