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STERILE OPERATING-THEATRE SYSTEM

Authors
Journal
The Lancet
0140-6736
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
303
Issue
7859
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0140-6736(74)93205-x

Abstract

Abstract Assuming that normal sterile procedures are adopted and that the air-supply to the operating-theatre is filtered, the only other sources of infection are the surgical team and the patient. It is proposed that the surgical team should be totally enclosed in suits of impermeable material and should carry individual air-conditioning units. It is further proposed that the patient should be introduced into an open-ended enclosure of flexible material which projects into the theatre through a hole in the wall of the theatre and which is sealed to the wall opening. After application of a double-sided adhesive strip to the operation site, the flexible enclosure is locally sealed to the strip and the incision is made through both the enclosure and the strip.

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