The dynamics and implications of bacterial transmission events arising from the anesthesia work area

Randy W. Loftus, Matthew D. Koff, David Birnbach

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Abstract

Health care-associated infections are a hospital-wide concern associated with a significant increase in patient morbidity, mortality, and health care costs. Bacterial transmission in the anesthesia work area of the operating room environment is a root cause of 30-day postoperative infections affecting as many as 16% of patients undergoing surgery. A better understanding of anesthesia-related bacterial transmission dynamics may help to generate improvements in intraoperative infection control and improve patient safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)853-860
Number of pages8
JournalAnesthesia and Analgesia
Volume120
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

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