SSIs usually occur due to bacteria and/or other microbes infecting the site of surgery due to improper preparation for the surgery and/or poor care of wounds post-surgery.
We collected partially used surgical tape rolls from several clinical areas of three hospitals in the Hunter New England Area Health Service.
During a 7-day period, a variety of bacteria, including opportunistic ones, were recovered from 23 rolls of adhesive tape being used in a 16-bed intensive care unit. All rolls of tape were sterile when received from the manufacturer.
Adhesive tapes affect bacteria beneath them by the degree of occlusion produced by the adhesive and/or the backing as well as by the intrinsic antibacterial action of some adhesives.