Molecular epidemiology of microbial contamination in the operating room environment: Is there a risk for infection?

@article{Edmiston2005MolecularEO,
  title={Molecular epidemiology of microbial contamination in the operating room environment: Is there a risk for infection?},
  author={Charles E. Edmiston and Gary R. Seabrook and Robert A. Cambria and Kellie R. Brown and Brian D. Lewis and Jay R Sommers and Candace J. Krepel and Patti J. Wilson and Sharon Sinski and Jonathan B. Towne},
  journal={Surgery},
  year={2005},
  volume={138 4},
  pages={
          573-9; discussion 579-82
        }
}
BACKGROUND Modern operating rooms are considered to be aseptic environments. The use of surgical mask, frequent air exchanges, and architectural barriers are used to reduce airborne microbial populations. Breaks in surgical technique, host contamination, or hematogenous seeding are suggested as causal factors in these infections. This study implicates contamination of the operating room air as an additional etiology of infection. METHODS To investigate the potential sources of perioperative… CONTINUE READING
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