New Study Highlights Need for Enhanced Cleaning in OR High-Touch Areas
A study published online in the American Journal of Infection Control highlights the need for more frequent cleaning of high-touch areas in the operating room (OR).1 In 2010, when the CDC put together a list of high-touch areas that need to be cleaned more often than minimal-touch areas,2 it did not include the OR on that list. In this study, Link et al1 identified the most frequently touched surfaces in the OR and determined the level of contamination of high-touch surfaces compared to low-touch surfaces in the OR.
In the study’s first phase, areas in the OR categorized as high-touch were determined. In the second phase, cultures of the high-touch areas were obtained to determine level of contamination. The OR light was used as the control. Except for the OR bed, high-touch areas proved to be more heavily contaminated than low-touch areas.
The study identified five areas as the most frequently touched surfaces in the OR, as follows1:
- Anesthesia computer mouse
- OR bed
- Nurse computer mouse
- OR door
- Anesthesia medical cart
The study concluded that, based on the data collected, an enhanced cleaning protocol should be in place for the surfaces touched most frequently in the OR.1
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1. Link T, Kleiner C, Mancuso MP, et al. Determining high touch areas in the operating room with levels of contamination. Am J Infect Control. Published online: May 07, 2016. Last accessed: May 13, 2016.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Options for evaluating environmental cleaning. Appendices to the Conceptual Program Model for Environmental Evaluation. http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/toolkits/Appendices-Evaluating-Environ-Cleaning.html. Page last reviewed: October 15, 2010. Page last updated: August 8, 2014. Last accessed: May 17, 2016.