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The extent of bacterial transfer into the clean confines of the operating room (OR) was studied by comparing the use of protective footwear (i.e., polypropylene shoe covers and OR restricted shoes) with unprotected street shoes over a 5-week period. The study was divided into two experimental times: (a) early morning (disinfected floor) and (b) midmorning(More)
The US Department of Energy (DOE) and European Commission (EC) signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) in November 2011 to establish cooperative Electric Vehicle-Smart Grid Interoperability Centers at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and the EC's Joint Research Centre - Institute for Energy & Transport (JRC-IET). The intent is to facilitate harmonization of(More)
Credibility, power, and the ability to obtain greater departmental resources are three benefits of managing the operating room (OR) department's operating budget effectively. Still, few resources exist to help novice as well as seasoned OR directors grapple with the practicalities of maintaining their budget after the annual budget process is completed. The(More)
1. Bacterial colony counts on the right shoulder of the subject's scrub suits were lower after lunch when a. cover gowns were worn over scrub suits outside the OR during lunch, and b. when fresh scrub suits were put on after lunch. 2. Bacterial colony counts were higher after lunch when a. scrub suits were worn without cover gowns outside the OR during(More)
This study assessed the effectiveness of cotton/polyester covergowns in protecting scrubsuits against bacterial contamination when operating room (OR) personnel are outside the clean environment of the operating suite. Rodac impression plates were used to measure bacterial contamination. The subjects were nurses working a normal daily OR routine. Bacterial(More)
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