Infection Prevention in the Anesthesia Work Area
In this series, the authors of the new SHEA expert guidance, developed in collaboration ASA and other anesthesia provider organizations, will discuss ways hospitals and healthcare providers may reduce infections associated with anesthesiology in the operating room. A growing body of research has shown that contamination in OR anesthesiology work area can lead to patient infections. The authors will review the guidance’s purpose, development, and recommendations for improving infection prevention through hand hygiene, environmental disinfection, and implementation methods and will answer questions from attendees working in infection prevention and anesthesia.
Anesthesia providers (ASA, AANA, AAAA, AORN members); healthcare epidemiologists (SHEA members)
- Summarize the methods and intended use of expert guidance.
- Summarize reasons SHEA, ASA, and other partnering organizations undertook the development of the guidance, e.g. research indicating the need for improvements to infection prevention practices in the OR anesthesia work area.
- Identify sources of potential contamination or transmission in the OR anesthesia work area.