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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Infection Control - May 2019

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M A Y 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 5 Y ou can't see them, but they're there. Minute traces of air- borne dust particles, skin cells and microbes are swirling around the sterile field, waiting to touch down on instruments, surfaces, implants and surgical wounds. Our research has shown that numerous bacteria move throughout the OR air, even in the presence of an adequate ventilation system (HVAC) with laminar flow. The amount of airborne particulate in the OR air is directly correlated to the number of people in the room during a case — it's estimated that 30% of surgical team mem- Charles Edmiston Jr., PhD, CIC, FIDSA, FSHEA, FAPIC | Milwaukee, Wis. The Case for Cleaner OR Air We're gaining a better understanding of the infection risks posed by airborne pathogens — and how to mitigate them. • NO FLY ZONE New air purification technology reduces airborne particulate matter above the sterile field.

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