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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 144

Prejudice and Truth about the Effect of Plastic Adhesive Incise Drape

1 Department of Operating Room, Borojen School of Nursing, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran
2 Department of Operating Room, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran
3 Assistant Professor, Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
4 Department of Operating Room, School of Nursing and Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

Date of Submission26-Feb-2020
Date of Acceptance10-Sep-2020
Date of Web Publication26-Oct-2021

Correspondence Address:
Mohammadreza Zarei
Department of Operating Room, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijpvm.IJPVM_422_19

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How to cite this article:
Maraki F, Zarei M, Aarabi A, Dorcheh SJ. Prejudice and Truth about the Effect of Plastic Adhesive Incise Drape. Int J Prev Med 2021;12:144

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Maraki F, Zarei M, Aarabi A, Dorcheh SJ. Prejudice and Truth about the Effect of Plastic Adhesive Incise Drape. Int J Prev Med [serial online] 2021 [cited 2023 Jun 9];12:144. Available from: https://www.ijpvmjournal.net/text.asp?2021/12/1/144/329352

Dear Editor-in-Chief,

We appreciate the efforts of all companies that involved in the production of plastic adhesive incise drape (PAID). The aim of producing PAIDs is creating physical barrier to prevent objects like gloves, instruments, and sponges from coming into contact with the patient's skin flora, reducing the risk of surgical wound contamination (SWC) that could cause a costly and potentially devastating surgical site infection (SSI).

However, the key question is whether PAIDs can really prevent SWC and SSI?

Some companies point out that there are different PAIDs on the market and recommend conclusions and judgments regarding the effects of PAIDs should not be generalized to the entire PAIDs manufacturing companies and their category. Because, based on the reports provided from articles, PAIDs have different features like adhesion to skin and antimicrobial properties that are considered important factors.[1] From the past to the present, the disappointing results of the studies regarding effect of PAIDs had been inconsistent with the tempting commercials of PAIDs manufacturing companies. PAIDs are currently widely used during a range of surgical procedures. However, so far none of them has been demonstrated to reduce postoperative SSI. In the recently Cochrane review, Webster and Alghamdi (2015) found that a higher proportion of patients developed SSI with PAIDs than with no PAIDs (risk ratio (RR) = 1.23; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.02-1.48; P = 0.03). They also demonstrated that no difference in SSIs when either the iodine-impregnated incise drape or normal woven drapes were used (RR = 1.03; 95% CI = 0.06-1.66; P = 0.89). PAIDs cannot prevent SSI and may somehow increase it.[1] The world health organization (WHO) reported that there are not enough evidences to support use of PAIDs in surgeries and then recommended PAIDs (with or without antimicrobial properties) should not be used for the purpose of preventing SSI against its use.[2] A systematic review and meta-analysis by Eckler et al. showed PAIDs may increase the incidence of SSI after cesarean delivery.[3]

Our study about the effect of PAID on contamination rate of surgical wound showed using PAID is unable to reduce SWC in clean lumbar spine surgery[4] and surgeons should be aware that use of PAIDs can itself recolonize or regrowth the skin flora.[5]

We suggest avoid using any kind of PAIDs until the effects of using them in reduction of SWC and SSI rate has been reported unambiguously through more randomized controlled trial studies.

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  References Top

Webster J, Alghamdi A. Use of plastic adhesive drapes during surgery for preventing surgical site infection. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2015;22:Cd006353.  Back to cited text no. 1
Allegranzi B, Bischoff P, de Jonge S, Kubilay NZ, Zayed B, Gomes SM, et al. New WHO recommendations on preoperative measures for surgical site infection prevention: An evidence-based global perspective. Lancet Infect Dis 2016;16:e276-87.  Back to cited text no. 2
Eckler R, Quist-Nelson J, Saccone G, Ward H, Berghella V. Adhesive incisional drapes during cesarean delivery for preventing wound infection: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology 2019;4:100090.  Back to cited text no. 3
Zarei M, Tabesh H, Fazeli H, Aarabi A. Effect of incise drape on contamination rate of surgical wound during surgical procedures of lumbar spine. Adv Biomed Res 2019;8:8.  Back to cited text no. 4
Zarei M, Larti N, Tabesh H, Ghasembandi M, Aarabi A. Does plastic incise drape prevent recolonization of endogenous skin flora during lumbar spine procedures? Int J Prev Med 2019;10:162.  Back to cited text no. 5
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