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Personal protective equipment use in operation theatre

Claudia Cavatorta, Manuela Lualdi, Silvia Meroni, Giovanni Polita, Mauro Bolchi, Emanuele Pignoli
The evaluation of incoherent artificial optical radiation (AOR) exposure in hospital environments is a complex task due to the variety of sources available. This study has been designed to provide a proposal for the precautionary assessment of the related risk. This survey suggested that, in our Institution, at least three kinds of AOR sources required specific investigations: ambient lighting, theatre operating lighting and ultraviolet radiation (UVR) sources. For each kind of evaluated sources a specific measurement approach was developed...
March 2016: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
Irfan Sencan, Idris Sahin, Mustafa Yildirim, Nuray Yesildal
AIMS: To evaluate the prevalence of exposures to potentially infective biological material, the use of gloves and the presence and awareness of skin abrasions amongst health care workers (HCWs). METHODS: Analysis of reported exposures during a 12 month period, questionnaire and skin examination by a dermatologist on HCWs at the University Hospital in Duzce, Turkey. RESULTS: Out of 415 HCWs, 278 responded to the questionnaire giving a response rate of 67%...
May 2004: Occupational Medicine
N C Weightman, K R Banfield
The lack of agreement on the use of over-shoes tends to perpetuate the ritual of their use in general operating theatres. However, the limited evidence which supports their use in such settings is not applicable in a Day Surgery Unit where their use is not recommended. In order to reduce overt contamination in the unit theatre, a local protocol should be drawn up specifying the use of designated day unit footwear for those that remain within the unit and for all persons entering the operating theatre.
September 1994: Journal of Hospital Infection
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