Airborne bacteria in the operating room can be reduced by HEPA/Ultraviolet air recirculation system (HUAIRS)
Presented at the Surgical Infection Society (SIS)
37th Annual Meeting May 5, 2017
Soumitra R. Eachempati, MD FACS, FCCM
Aims and Study Design
Surgical site infections (SSI) are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in US hospitals. Airborne bacteria in operating rooms may contribute to SSI. In Europe but not the US, regulations exist to limit the airborne bacterial levels in the operating theater. In the 1st part of a multi-part study, we sought to determine whether airborne bacterial levels can be reduced by the HUAIRS system.