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Am J Infect Control. 2014 Nov;42(11):1223-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2014.07.016. Epub 2014 Oct 30.

Decreasing contamination of the anesthesia environment.

Author information

1
Department of Anesthesiology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH. Electronic address: cantwell.clark@hitchcock.org.
2
Department of Anesthesiology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH.
3
Perioperative Services, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH.

Abstract

Until recently, anesthetists have focused on antibiotic administration and normothermia but have paid less attention to contamination in the anesthesia environment and its impact on surgical site infections. We implemented a simple intervention and tested its effect on anesthetic environment contamination between procedure start and finish. Of the baseline cases, 46% reached a critical predefined threshold of contamination compared with 12% of the intervention cases. A small behavioral change dramatically lowered contamination in the anesthesia environment.

KEYWORDS:

Anesthesia environment; Contamination; Surgical site infection

PMID:
25444268
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2014.07.016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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