Interactions between anesthesiologists and the environment while providing anesthesia care in the operating room

Luisa Munoz-Price, David Lubarsky, Kristopher Arheart, Guillermo J Prado, Timothy Cleary, Yovanit Fajardo-Aquino, Dennise DePascale, Scott Eber, Philip Carling, David Birnbach

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Abstract

We describe 1,132 contacts between anesthesiologists and the operating room. Objects most commonly touched included anesthesia machines and keyboards. Only 13 hand hygiene events were witnessed during 8 hours of observations. Line insertions, bronchoscopies, or blood exposures were not followed by hand hygiene. Stopcocks were accessed 66 times and only disinfected on 10 (15%) of these occasions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)922-924
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume41
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013

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Hand Hygiene
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Anesthesia
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Anesthesiologists

Keywords

  • Anesthesia providers Environmental contacts Hand hygiene Intraoperative

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

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Interactions between anesthesiologists and the environment while providing anesthesia care in the operating room. / Munoz-Price, Luisa; Lubarsky, David; Arheart, Kristopher; Prado, Guillermo J; Cleary, Timothy; Fajardo-Aquino, Yovanit; DePascale, Dennise; Eber, Scott; Carling, Philip; Birnbach, David.

In: American Journal of Infection Control, Vol. 41, No. 10, 01.10.2013, p. 922-924.

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Munoz-Price, Luisa ; Lubarsky, David ; Arheart, Kristopher ; Prado, Guillermo J ; Cleary, Timothy ; Fajardo-Aquino, Yovanit ; DePascale, Dennise ; Eber, Scott ; Carling, Philip ; Birnbach, David. / Interactions between anesthesiologists and the environment while providing anesthesia care in the operating room. In: American Journal of Infection Control. 2013 ; Vol. 41, No. 10. pp. 922-924.
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