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Archive April 2010 XI, No. 4

8 Ways to Improve Your OR Air Quality

Employ a mix of engineering controls and best practices to clear the air of harmful contaminants.

Irene Tsikitas, Associate Editor


You can't see them, but they're there: microscopic blood and tissue particles, waste anesthetic vapors, latex residue and, yes, even cyanide. At any given time during a surgical procedure, one or more of these airborne contaminants could be swirling around in your ORs. Here are 8 measures you can take to protect both patients and staff from the potentially harmful aerosols that are, in some cases, inevitably generated during surgery.

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