Interactions between anesthesiologists and the environment while providing anesthesia care in the operating room

L. Silvia Munoz-Price, David Lubarsky, Kristopher L. Arheart, Guillermo Prado, Timothy Cleary, Yovanit Fajardo-Aquino, Dennise DePascale, Scott Eber, Philip Carling, David J. Birnbach

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Abstract

We describe 1,132 contacts between anesthesiologists and the operating room. Objects most commonly touched included anesthesia machines and keyboards. Only 13 hand hygiene events were witnessed during 8 hours of observations. Line insertions, bronchoscopies, or blood exposures were not followed by hand hygiene. Stopcocks were accessed 66 times and only disinfected on 10 (15%) of these occasions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)922-924
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume41
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anesthesia providers Environmental contacts Hand hygiene Intraoperative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Munoz-Price, L. S., Lubarsky, D., Arheart, K. L., Prado, G., Cleary, T., Fajardo-Aquino, Y., DePascale, D., Eber, S., Carling, P., & Birnbach, D. J. (2013). Interactions between anesthesiologists and the environment while providing anesthesia care in the operating room. American Journal of Infection Control, 41(10), 922-924. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2013.03.306