Antimicrobial activity ofTriclosancoated sutures in vitro

  • Prachi Saban Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences, Indore, M.P
  • Rl Gopal Department of Microbiology, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College, Puducherry
Keywords: Surgical site infection, Triclosan, Sutures


Introduction: Surgical site infections (S.S.I.) are most often due to the organisms present as indigenous flora and are a common problem in most of the hospitals. One of the risk factor is the presence of foreign material which includes suture. The use of antimicrobial coated sutures with the sustained action can be a useful supplement to the aseptic technique.

Materials and methods: Randomly selected strains of MRSA, MRSE, Enterococcus, E.coli, Klebsiella & Pseudomonas species isolated from clinical samples in our laboratory were tested against the Triclosan coated and non-coated sutures commercially available.

Result: Zone of inhibition was found with Triclosan coated suture and no zone of inhibition found with non coated sutures.

Conclusion- Usage of sutures coated with antimicrobial agents like Triclosan can reduce the rates of surgical site infection.


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