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What is your hypothesis/research question? How are you going to do this research project? OR are you asking this because you have an undergraduate essay on the topic (in which case Podiatry Arena is not here to help lazy students).
As you know I am a staff nurse not an undergraduate. I work on a busy orthopaedic ward and myself along with the sister and other staff nurses are looking into the preoperative cleansing of feet. I am interested in other peoples views regarding this. For example what do other professionals use for cleansing feet preopertively and if they felt it helped reduce infection rates. This is to be presented to the surgeons on our ward. Presently we use chlorohexidine and water, then the foot is wrapped in a sterile towel and their own slippers placed on their feet. Any views?
Hi Plod, thanks for answering. Its only a small sterile paper towel, you know the kind you use with dressings. If we didn't use anything at all to clean feet pre surgery ( except soap and water if feet are dirty ) do you think rate of infection would increase. Why specifically do you use betadine over anything else i.e chlorohexidine
Clair - I am a Consultant Podiatric foot and Ankle Surgeon.
I normally ask the nurses of the ward to use a simple chlorhex and water wash for general foot cleaning.
In theatre I use betadine to prep and then wash with alcohol.
Cannot remember the paper but this was shown to be most effective for foot surgery rather than betadine alone.