Air Contamination and Surgical Infection Risk

Presenter :Sue Barnes, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Event Date : 06/04/2019
Time: 1 pm ET | 12 pm CT | 11 am MT | 10 pm PT
Duration :90 minutes



Product Description

The rate of surgical infections is strongly influenced by operating room quality, which is determined by the structural features of the facility and its systems and by the management and behavior of healthcare workers. It has been observed that the main sources of contamination, especially in clean surgical procedures, are the patient’s skin and airborne particles from operating room staff. Therefore, a behavioral approach is needed to reduce the number of airborne particles in the operating room through disciplinary measures.

The presentation will describe current environmental controls in the operating room that are designed to reduce contaminated air. The webinar will also focus on how and why air contamination poses a great infection risk for procedures involving an implant. The number of surgical disciplines placing implants is continuing to grow and currently includes plastics, orthopedics, spine, breast, general with hernia mesh placement, GYN with pelvic floor mesh placement and cardiac with pacemakers and other devices.

The surveillance of surgical infections requires a systematic approach, with attention to multiple risk factors related to the patient, the procedures, including proper antibiotic prophylaxis, and the hospital environment. While it is difficult to determine the relative influence of each individual measure on the final result, the combination of all these parameters evidently creates the most effective weapon against infections.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the relationship between contaminated air and infection associated with implantable devices.
  • Examine evidence regarding the role of air decontamination in reduction of SSI.
  • Explore strategies to reduce the risk associated with airborne bacteria.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Explain why there is an increased risk of SSI from air contamination with implants.
  • List surgical procedure types that involve implants, and potential associated SSI.
  • Discuss methods of measuring air quality in ORs and compounding pharmacies.
  • List standard measures for ensuring safe OR air quality.
  • Describe adjunctive measures for improving OR air quality for implant procedures.
Related Courses:

Suggested Attendees:

  • Surgeons
  • Anesthesia providers
  • Operating room nurses
  • Infection Prevention professionals

About the Presenter:

Sue BarnesRN, CIC, FAPIC has been an independent clinical consultant since 2016 when she retired from Kaiser Permanente as the National Infection Prevention Leader after 30 years.She is Board certified in Infection Control and Prevention and was granted the designation of Fellow of APIC in 2015 (FAPIC).  She has been in the field of Infection Prevention since 1989.  She has participated in the development of a number of APIC guides, and served as a speaker for organizations including AORN and APIC.  In addition, Sue has been published in journals including AORN Journal, American Journal of Infection Control, The Joint Commission Source for Compliance Strategies and The Permanente Journal.  She served on the National APIC Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012, and the San Francisco chapter board of directors for the past 10 years.

After Registration

You will receive an email with login information and handouts (presentation slides) 1 day before the live webcast that you can print and share to all participants at your location.

System Requirement

Operating System: Windows any version preferably above Windows Vista & Mac any version above OS X 10.6
Internet Speed: Preferably above 1 MBPS
Headset: Any decent headset and microphone which can be used to talk and hear clearly

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