Sources of contamination in the operating room: A fluorescent particle powder study

Holt S. Cutler, Jose A. Romero, David Minor, Michael H. Huo

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Abstract

This study utilized fluorescent particle powder to investigate 2 potential sources of sterile field contamination in the operating room (OR): forced-air warming blankets and OR light manipulation. In part 1, sterile draping for knee replacement surgery was performed on a mannequin in a sterile OR, comparing field contamination with the forced-air warming on versus off during draping. In part 2, OR lights coated with fluorescent powder were manipulated over a sterile field. Proper operation of these devices may reduce the particle burden on the surgical field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)948-950
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume48
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Airborne particle contamination
  • Light movement
  • Surgical field contamination
  • Surgical site infection
  • Warming blanket

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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