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How Safe Are Your Patients? - June 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Can Anesthesia Providers Spread Infection? Absolutely yes — pay attention to what goes on at the head of the table. M any have long suspected that anesthesia providers play a significant role in the transmission of potentially pathogen- ic organisms during surgery. Now we know for sure. A study published recently in the Journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (osmag.net/kdw5mn) has essentially caught us in the act, underscoring both the challenges and the importance anesthesia providers face in striving for aseptic technique and preventing infec- tions. The researchers devised a clever way to measure how common the problem is. They had 23 anesthesiologists inject all bolus drugs used in 303 cases — except propofol and antibiotics — through a 0.2- micron filter designed to trap microorganisms. What they found was 1 2 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 • J U N E 2 0 1 6 Infection Prevention Chuck Biddle, CRNA, PhD • OVERWHELMED? It may be impossible for multi-tasking anesthesia providers to maintain total sterility, but increased awareness is a step in the right direction. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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