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Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2019 Feb/Mar;20(2):146-150. doi: 10.1089/sur.2018.248. Epub 2019 Jan 16.

Operating Room Foot Traffic: A Risk Factor for Surgical Site Infections.

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1
1 Grand Strand Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
2
2 Palisades Medical Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, North Bergen, New Jersey.

Abstract

Extensive studies on foot traffic in the operating room (OR) have shown little correlation between surgical site infections (SSIs) and traffic of OR personnel in and out of the OR. While evidence supports the relation between foot traffic in the OR, airborne bacteria, and subsequent SSIs in orthopedic surgical procedures, the studies were conducted over four years and in more than 8,000 patients. The direct relation this finding has to general surgery patients has yet to be proven; however, protocols to reduce foot traffic may have a beneficial effect for the OR team.

KEYWORDS:

airborne bacteria; infection control; surgical site infection

PMID:
30648925
DOI:
10.1089/sur.2018.248
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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