Intraoperative suction catheter tip contamination.

  title={Intraoperative suction catheter tip contamination.},
  author={Dr. T. M. Mulcahy and Dalton McCormack and John Paul McElwain},
  journal={Journal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh},
  volume={39 6},
Suction catheter tip contamination is a potential source of intraoperative inoculation of wounds with bacteria. The continuous passage of large quantities of air through a blood-soaked catheter tip during the course of surgical procedures can lead to significant contamination. This in turn may contribute to late wound infection due to inoculation of the deeper recesses of the wound via the contaminated suction catheter tip. We have conducted a prospective clinical study to confirm the incidence… CONTINUE READING

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