Operating rooms should be maintained at positive pressure with respect to corridors and adjacent areas. Positive pressure prevents airflow from less clean areas into more clean areas. Hypothermia, skin shaving, poorly controlled blood glucose, and nares colonization with S. aureus have all been shown to be associated with an increased risk of surgical site infection.2
- Positive pressure airflow in the operating room.
2. Mangram AL, Horan TC, Pearson ML, et al. Guideline for prevention of surgical site infection, 1999. Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 1999;20:250-80.
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