CLOTHING SYSTEMS USED IN OPERATING ROOMS - A QUESTION OF PATIENT SAFETY
Authors:Bengt Ljungqvist, Berit Reinmüller
Keywords:Hospital, Operating Room, Personnel, Clothing, Garment, Body-box, Microorganism, Airborne, Patient safety, Filtration
Abstract:The number of airborne bacteria carrying particles in the operating room is considered an indicator of the risk of infections to the operating patient. Today when the supply air in the operating room is HEPAfiltered, the main source of airbome microorganisms is people (patient and personnel). The filtration efficacy of the fabric in operating clothing system plays an important role. The design of the clothing system also affects the number of particles generated from people to the air of the operating room. In ultraclean operating rooms, the selection of clothing systems for the operating personnel can no longer be thought of in terms of comfort but in terms of patient safety.
Results from clothing systems evaluated in a body-box test chamber and in operating rooms will be presented. The influence of different clothing systems in the operating room with different air volume flows will be discussed.
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