Disinfection, sterilization and operation theater guidelines for dermatosurgical practitioners in India

Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. Jan-Feb 2011;77(1):83-93. doi: 10.4103/0378-6323.74965.


Modern day dermatologists conduct different esthetic and surgical procedures, with risk of infective complications. Hence, infection control practices need to be established in dermatological practice to minimize the risk of exogenous infections. These practices include hand washing, cleaning, sterilization, disinfection, operation theater sterilization and specifications. Proper hand washing after examination of each patient and prior to any surgery with a formulation containing alcohol alone or as a combination with other agents reduces the chances of transferring infections to and from patients. Sterilization and disinfection constitute the most important aspect of infection control. Disinfectants and disinfecting procedures vary according to the environment and equipment. Proper knowledge of different processes/agents for sterilization and disinfection is essential. Disinfectants for use in hospitals should always be freshly prepared and should be of adequate strength. Sterilization is carried out most commonly using steam sterilizers or ethylene dioxide sterilizers. The waste generated during practice is a potential source of nosocomial infections and should be treated as per the proper protocol and guidelines. Trained staff to carry out these practices is essential.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dermatologic Surgical Procedures*
  • Dermatology / standards*
  • Disinfection / methods
  • Disinfection / standards*
  • Equipment Contamination / prevention & control*
  • Hand Disinfection / standards
  • Humans
  • India
  • Infection Control / standards
  • Operating Rooms / standards*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Sterilization / methods
  • Sterilization / standards*
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / standards*