A mobile device to reduce airborne particulate and prevent surgical site infections

Messina G., et al. Presented at EUPHA 2019

Background

Surgical Site Infections (SSI) are the second main cause of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) in Europe and in the United States. In the US and Europe hospitals the overall annual medical costs of HAI is about $40 billion and the SSI represent a relevant part of this spending. It is known that air particulate is a carrier of pathogen bacteria.

Objective

The aim of this study is to verify if a mobile unit for air particle filtering can improve the environmental airborne conditions of an operating room.