Bacterial Contamination of a Marking Pen in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

@inproceedings{Ridley2018BacterialCO,
  title={Bacterial Contamination of a Marking Pen in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction},
  author={Taylor J. Ridley and Christopher T. Rud and Aaron J. Krych and Jeffrey Alexander Macalena},
  booktitle={Orthopaedic journal of sports medicine},
  year={2018}
}
Background A sterile surgical marking pen is commonly used during anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) to outline the proposed skin incision and then to mark the graft during preparation. Once in contact with the skin, the pen is a potential source of bacterial transmission and subsequent infections after ACLR. Purpose/Hypothesis The purpose of this study was to assess whether the skin marking pen is a fomite for contamination during arthroscopic ACLR. We hypothesized that there… CONTINUE READING
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