Air Contamination And Surgical Infection Risk
Sue Barnes is an independent clinical consultant. 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.
This presentation will describe 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 need has never been greater for considering how to supplement the current environmental controls in the operating room that are designed to reduce contaminated air.
This presentation will address the risk of surgical site infection (SSI) from air contamination. Surgical cases involving implants will be the focus, as the risk is the greatest. This will be explained in addition to existing mitigation efforts and new technologies.
- 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
Course Level - Intermediate-Advanced
Who Should Attend
- Operating room nurses
- Operating room technicians
- Anesthesia providers
- Infection prevention professionals
Why Should Attend
Prevention is critical as the cost of implant-associated SSI for healthcare facilities and patients continue to be significant, with an average of 2% of all hip and knee replacement procedures resulting in post-operative surgical infection. The cost of each infection is tremendous in terms of patient suffering and also dollars. One recent paper estimates the cost for a single case of prosthetic joint infection to be between $389,307 and $474,004.