CORRInsights®: What Orthopaedic Operating Room Surfaces Are Contaminated With Bioburden? A Study Using the ATP Bioluminescence Assay
In their study, Drs. Richard and Burden demonstrated that multiple OR surfaces are not as clean as we would anticipate. In fact, the authors contend that if one were to compare the results of their study to the criteria set forth by the restaurant industry, surfaces such as the OR light handles, patient positioners, and the right side of the OR table headboard would not pass restaurant standards. Decreasing the risk of postoperative infections is a major focus of all hospitals and surgeons . For example, the Surgical Care Improvement Project and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons both emphasize the importance of minimizing nosocomial orthopaedic infections [4, 10].