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30 December 2010

Anaesthesiologists spreading germs during surgery

Expert calls for more compliance with hand-washing guidelines before operations.

Expert calls for more compliance with hand-washing guidelines before operations.

Researchers from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Centre in Lebanon, N.H., studied 164 operating room procedures that involved anaesthesia. In 11.5% of the procedures, researchers discovered that bacteria had been transmitted to the valves of intravenous lines. About half of the time, those germs were detected on the hands of those who provided the anaesthesia, such as anaesthesiologists and nurse-anaesthetists.

 
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