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Surgeon Personal Protection: An Underappreciated Benefit of Positive-pressure Exhaust Suits.

Authors
  • Makovicka, Justin L1
  • Bingham, Joshua S
  • Patel, Karan A
  • Young, Simon W
  • Beauchamp, Christopher P
  • Spangehl, Mark J
  • 1 J. L. Makovicka, J. Bingham, K. A. Patel, C. Beauchamp, M. J. Spangehl, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Phoenix, AZ, USA S. W. Young, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Auckland, North Shore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. , (New Zealand)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Feb 23, 2018
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11999.0000000000000253
PMID: 29481350
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

With conventional gowns, particulate matter was found in the surgeon's eyelashes, under the face mask around the mouth, and inside the nostrils. Despite recent evidence that certain types of positive-pressure exhaust suits may not decrease infection, there is a clear benefit of surgeon protection from potentially infectious and harmful patient substances. Despite their added costs, hospitals and surgeons should weigh this protective benefit when considering the use of positive-pressure exhaust suits.

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