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Anesthesia Alert: Anesthesia's Infection Control Challenges
It's time for your providers to clean up their acts - and their workstations.
L. Munoz-Price, T. Andrew Bowdle
Publish Date: March 14, 2019   |  Tags:   Infection Prevention
A HIDDEN THREAT The anesthesia computer mouse and the anesthesia cart are among the most contaminated surfaces in the OR.   |   Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

We've always known about the hidden bacterial threat in your OR's anesthesia work area, the microbes lingering on the anesthesia machine and the pathogens on the laryngoscope handle that didn't get a full cleaning between cases. Then there's the anesthesia provider's hands — be they bare or overdue for a fresh pair of gloves — as they intubate the patient, and prepare and deliver IV medications. And yet we're still struggling to prevent the infections that originate from that challenging environment. Here are 3 takeaways from The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America's (SHEA) new guidance (osmag.net/yGWfT5) on infection prevention in the anesthesia work area.

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