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The Rhys-Davies exsanguinator: a potential source of bacteria in orthopaedic operations


de Hoog, J and Mills, J, The Rhys-Davies exsanguinator: a potential source of bacteria in orthopaedic operations, Infection, Disease & Health, 16, (4) pp. 136-138. ISSN 1835-5617 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/HI11002


Infection complicating hip and knee joint arthroplasty continues to provide significant morbidity to patients. Sources of infectious pathogens in the operating theatre include theatre personnel and equipment in close contact with the patient. The role of the venous exsanguinator as a potential source of skin contamination was studied over 5 consecutive days in a single centre performing knee arthroplasty and arthroscopy. All samples were positive for common skin organisms. The potential for transfer and contamination of patients with significant pathogens may be present when utilising a venous exsanguinator. The use of a specific cleaning procedure for venous exsanguinators should be applied between each operative case, thereby reducing the transmission of potentially significant pathogens.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bacterial infection, bacillus
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Rheumatology and arthritis
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:de Hoog, J (Mr Jonathon De Hoog)
ID Code:119344
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2017-07-31
Last Modified:2017-10-06

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