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Discrete room pressure drops predict door openings and contamination levels in the operating room setting

Discrete room pressure drops predict door openings and contamination levels in the operating room setting

Gregory T. Carroll, David L. Kirschman, Perioperative Care and Operating Room Management (2022). The study explores the impact of door openings on room pressure and contamination in operating rooms (ORs). It demonstrates that door openings can cause significant disruptions in the barometric pressure of an OR, which in turn affects the contamination levels, thus increasing the risk of surgical site infections (SSIs).