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OR Air Quality: Is It Time to Consider Adjunctive Air Cleaning Technology?

Sue Barnes, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC; Carolyn Twomey, BSN, RN; Ruth Carrico, PhD, DNP, FNP-C, CIC, FSHEA; Cathryn Murphy, PhD, RN, CICP-E, CIC, FAPIC, FSHEA; Kathy Warye, BA
AORN Journal (2018)

Overview:

The study published in the AORN Journal, November 2018, by Sue Barnes, Carolyn Twomey, Ruth Carrico, Cathryn Murphy, and Kathy Warye, critically evaluates the effectiveness of existing air quality controls in operating rooms (ORs), specifically focusing on the challenges posed by surgical smoke and other airborne contaminants. While recognizing the utility of traditional engineering controls like HEPA filtration and maintaining positive air pressure, the study highlights their insufficiencies in completely mitigating infection risks, especially during procedures involving implants.

The authors advocate for the adoption of adjunctive air cleaning technologies that combine ultraviolet disinfection with advanced filtration methods. These technologies aim to enhance the removal of airborne pathogens and reduce health risks to both patients and surgical staff. The article suggests the need for additional research to validate the practical benefits of these innovative air cleaning solutions in clinical settings, proposing that they could represent a significant advancement in maintaining optimal air quality in ORs.

OR Air Quality: Is It Time to Consider Adjunctive Air Cleaning Technology?