Prevalence of Visible and Occult Blood on Airway Management Equipment Used Outside the Operating Room
Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States
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Unintentional transmission of blood-borne pathogens to patients, self,and co-workers is an inherent, but preventable hazard to those who provide anesthesia services. Anesthesia providers, their equipment, and monitors located within the operating room have often been shown to be contaminated with visible or occult blood in addition to potential pathogens. The potential to spread certain blood-borne pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus HIV, and hepatitis B and C virus s HBV,HCV is a major concern. The purpose of this study was to determine how effective current procedures for cleaning, disinfection, and handling of airway management equipment AME stored in emergency crash carts, airway management carts, and airway management bags, located outside the operating room, are for removing blood.