Perioperative Bacterial Contamination from Patients on Contact Precaution in Operating Room Environment

Hajime Kanamori, William A. Rutala, Maria F. Gergen, David J. Weber

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Abstract

We investigated the microbial burden on the operating room environment when patients on contact precautions for a multidrug-resistant pathogen received surgery. Our study demonstrated that the perioperative environment was contaminated with aerobic bacteria and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) after surgery, and that MRSA persisted environmentally even after cleaning and disinfection, highlighting the need for meticulous cleaning and disinfection in the perioperative environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberofaa508
JournalOpen Forum Infectious Diseases
Volume7
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • environment
  • microbial contamination
  • operating room

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Clinical Neurology

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