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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Infection Control - May 2019

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6 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 1 9 You were the lead author of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America's new guidance on infection control in anesthesia work areas. Why were those recommendations necessary? Members of the surgical team who work at the table are meticulous about using proper sterile technique, but additional staffers, including anes- thesia providers, who don't have direct contact with the surgical site sometimes exhibit the com- plete opposite behavior. It's difficult, but critically important, for anesthesia providers to maintain a clean workspace and do their part to reduce infec- tion risks. What's the biggest infection control challenge among anesthesia providers? Providers don't always clean their hands between cases and tend to wear a single pair of gloves for long periods of time as they touch patients, equipment, sur- faces, medications and IV hubs. If providers don't follow proper hand hygiene practices, their work areas and the supplies they use become contaminated. That wouldn't be an issue if work stations and ORs were properly cleaned between cases, but that's not always the case. old Anesthesia Providers Accountable in the Battle Against SSIs H Silvia Munoz-Price, MD, PhD Infectious disease specialist and proponent of proper infection control practices

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