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(b) Whyte, W., Hodgson, R. & Tinkler, J. (1982)

The importance of airborne bacterial contamination of wounds. Journal of Hospital Infection, 3(2), 123-135.

A study of potential sources of bacterial contamination of the surgical wound during hip and knee replacement operations performed in conventionally and laminar airflow ventilated operating rooms was conducted by Whyte et al. From the results it was estimated that 98% of the bacteria in the patients’ wounds came directly or indirectly from the air in conventionally ventilated operating rooms.

(a) Lidwell, O.M., Lowbury, E.J.L., Whyte, W., Blowers, R., Stanley, S.J. & Lowe, D.(1983)

Airborne contamination of wounds in joint replacement operations: the relationship to sepsis rates. Journal of Hospital Infection, 4(2), 111-131.

A correlation between the mean values of air contamination and the number of bacteria isolated from wound wash-out samples as found by Lidwell et al. as well as a correlation between mean airborne contamination and joint sepsis rate. The results indicate that the majority of the bacteria found after insertion of the prosthesis reached the wound by the airborne route, all the way up to 95%. The study concludes that this was especially clear for operations performed in operating rooms with conventional ventilation.

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