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J Hosp Infect. 2004 Apr;56(4):318-20.

Pressure sore prevention pads as an infective source in orthopaedic theatres.

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Departments of Orthopaedics and Microbiology, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 7ET, UK. vijairanawat@hotmail.com

Abstract

Current theatre practice and protocol involves the use of pressure sore prevention pads in the positioning and support of all patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery. Microbiological swabs were taken from those pads placed adjacent to the operative field immediately before implant surgery. Eleven out of the 13 pads sampled yielded bacterial growth capable of causing deep-seated infection. The transfer of these pads between the designated orthopaedic theatres and the rest of the theatre complex was also noted. We recommend that the use of these pads should be closely reviewed. They should either be used with stricter guidelines for decontamination between use or disposable 'clean' alternatives sought.

PMID:
15066744
DOI:
10.1016/j.jhin.2003.12.018
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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