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Report Summary

This report summarizes several aspects of hand hygiene and environmental hygiene pertinent to the operating room environment and synthesizes data from some current studies in the medical literature.

Editor's Take

The high frequency and high pace of interactions in the OR might preclude frequent hand disinfections, the researchers acknowledge. However, if hand hygiene is not followed and environmental cleaning and disinfection is subpar, it sets up a perfect storm of lingering contamination and potential transmission of pathogenic organisms that can lead to surgical site infections.

Takeaways for Your Business

  • Review the evidence behind lack of hand hygiene in the operating room
  • Review the evidence regarding the benefits of environmental hygiene in the operating room
  • Learn about how automated technology can help drive down SSI infection rates