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Am J Infect Control. 2013 Oct;41(10):922-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2013.03.306.

Interactions between anesthesiologists and the environment while providing anesthesia care in the operating room.

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Department of Medicine, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL; Department of Anesthesiology, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL; Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL; Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL. Electronic address: smunozprice@med.miami.edu.

Abstract

We describe 1,132 contacts between anesthesiologists and the operating room. Objects most commonly touched included anesthesia machines and keyboards. Only 13 hand hygiene events were witnessed during 8 hours of observations. Line insertions, bronchoscopies, or blood exposures were not followed by hand hygiene. Stopcocks were accessed 66 times and only disinfected on 10 (15%) of these occasions.

KEYWORDS:

Anesthesia providers; Environmental contacts; Hand hygiene; Intraoperative

PMID:
24074540
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2013.03.306
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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