Footwear practices and operating room contamination.

  title={Footwear practices and operating room contamination.},
  author={G Copp and Lubos Slez{\'a}k and Nigel Dudley and C B Mailhot},
  journal={Nursing research},
  volume={36 6},
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 (dirty floor). Data obtained from the early morning experiment showed that OR restricted shoes and shoe covers transferred fewer bacteria… CONTINUE READING