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Contamination of Irrigation Solutions in an Operating Theatre

  • Britt Marie Andersson (a1), Lars Lidgren (a1), Claës Schalén (a1) and Anita Steen (a1)


Sterile irrigation solutions, used in open systems in a conventional orthopedic operating theatre, were examined for bacterial contamination. At the end of 13 of 21 operations (duration ≥ one hour) the solution tested displayed the growth of Staphylococcus epidermidis and/or diphtheroid rods and/or other species. It is concluded that irrigation by solutions, kept in open bowls during an operation, is a potential source of contamination.


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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University Hospital, S-221 85 LUND, Sweden


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