It is crucial for ST1–2 trainees to appreciate the importance of the sterile surgical scrub and how to perform one. As this skill is already a prerequisite for final-year medical students, this tutorial serves as a revision guide on the scientific rationale behind the sterile surgical scrub and how to perform one. Expected surgical site infection (SSI) rates should be less than 2% in clean surgery, as patients with SSIs require an additional inpatient stay of 6.5 days, doubling hospital costs.
This tutorial includes instructions on how to carry out a sterile surgical scrub. It is accompanied by a training video developed by The Whittington Hospital and concludes with some self-assessment questions.
When you have completed this tutorial you will be able to:
- understand the rationale behind why the sterile surgical scrub should be done
- know how to carry out a sterile surgical scrub.
This tutorial was written by Wasim Lodhi MRCOG and Mr Wai Yoong FRCOG.
Last updated December 2015.