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Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Oct 16;65(9):1589-1592. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix498.

Naked Surgeons? The Debate About What to Wear in the Operating Room.

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Department of Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle.

Abstract

There has been recent controversy regarding recommendations and regulations concerning operating room attire. We performed a nonsystematic literature search regarding operating room attire and surgical site infection (SSI) risk. Much of the literature relies on air sampling and culture of operating room equipment but does not present evidence regarding effect on SSI risk. There is no evidence regarding SSI risk related to operating room attire except for sterile gowns and the use of gloves. Naked surgeons shed fewer bacteria into the operating room environment than ones wearing scrub suits.

KEYWORDS:

attire; contamination; head gear; operating room; surgical site infection

PMID:
28575168
PMCID:
PMC5850458
[Available on 2018-10-16]
DOI:
10.1093/cid/cix498
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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