Do not use disposable adhesive surgical sheets with the intent of reducing surgical site infections (Surgical Site Infections – SSI)

Type of practice

Other health practices

Topic Area


There is no scientific evidence that disposable adhesive surgical sheets are effective in reducing infection rates at the surgical site. Not using them allows reducing the improper use of plastic material and the total volume of waste.


1. Calderwood MS, Anderson DJ, Bratzler DW, et al. Strategies to prevent surgical site infections in acute-care hospitals: 2022 Update. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2023;44:695-720
2. Webster J, Alghamdi A. Use of plastic adhesive drapes during surgery for preventing surgical site infection. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 Apr 22;2015(4):CD006353



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