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Anesth Analg. 2015 Apr;120(4):844-7. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000000226.

The use of a novel technology to study dynamics of pathogen transmission in the operating room.

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From the *Department of Anesthesiology, and †UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida; ‡Department of Medicine Infectious Diseases, Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts; and Departments of §Medicine, ∥Public Health Sciences, and ¶Anesthesiology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida.


Pathogenic organisms have been found in the intraoperative environment, potentially posing a risk of infection that could cause morbidity and mortality. In an effort to understand how a patient's bacteria can be spread throughout the operating room with the anesthesia provider as a vector, we conducted a study using recently developed experimental technology in a simulated operating room environment with a high-fidelity human patient simulator.

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