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Anesth Analg. 2015 Apr;120(4):853-60. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000000505.

The dynamics and implications of bacterial transmission events arising from the anesthesia work area.

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From the *Department of Anesthesiology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire; and †Department of Anesthesiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Public Health Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida.


Health care-associated infections are a hospital-wide concern associated with a significant increase in patient morbidity, mortality, and health care costs. Bacterial transmission in the anesthesia work area of the operating room environment is a root cause of 30-day postoperative infections affecting as many as 16% of patients undergoing surgery. A better understanding of anesthesia-related bacterial transmission dynamics may help to generate improvements in intraoperative infection control and improve patient safety.

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