Sutures coated with antiseptic pomade to prevent bacterial colonization: a randomized clinical trial
Sutures can be a source of surgical wound contamination owing to bacterial adherence to them and the suture acting as a means of transmitting bacteria to oral tissues. The adherence of bacteria is highly variable and is dependent not only on the specific microbial species and suture structure, but also on the chemical composition of the suture material.
Among the different suture materials, this phenomenon is more pronounced with multifilament threads. Once suture material becomes contaminated, biologic agents, chemical agents, or other mechanisms of wound decontamination become ineffective owing to biofilm formation and the subsequent protection it affords to biofilm populations.