Infection Prevention in Anesthesia: Care Bundle Reduces Contamination

September 12, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​Modest changes in anesthesiologists' strategies to prevent perioperative infections have the potential to decrease the risk of hospital-acquired infections, researchers from Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, found in a study published in the September 2018 issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia. Citing previous studies that observed poor hand hygiene compliance among anesthesiologists, the researchers tested the impact of a four-part infection prevention bundle for anesthesiologists using simulation. They enrolled 25 anesthesia providers in two simulation scenarios of critical events during anesthesia induction. The providers did not know that the simulation manikins were marked with an ultraviolent fluorescent tracer to detect contamination. After each simulation, the researchers photographed the manikins under ultraviolet light to visualize any contaminated areas.

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