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Evaluating use of flash sterilization in the OR with regard to postoperative infections.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16579123     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article describes a quality improvement project that examined postoperative infection rates for 100 surgical procedures in which a total of 121 flash sterilizations were performed and determined the costs of treating the postoperative infections compared to the cost of purchasing additional instruments. The post operative infection rate on physical examination was 3%, and the overall cost of diagnosing and treating the postoperative infections was found to be lower than the cost of purchasing additional instruments. To minimize use of flash sterilization, the hospital has added additional surgical instrument inventory and expanded flash sterilization education requirements for staff members.
Yukiko Leonard; Karen Gabel Speroni; Martin Atherton; Joy Corriher
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AORN journal     Volume:  83     ISSN:  0001-2092     ISO Abbreviation:  AORN J     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-04-03     Completed Date:  2006-05-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372403     Medline TA:  AORN J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  672-80     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Inova Loudoun Hospital, Leesburg, VA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Equipment Contamination / prevention & control*
Health Care Costs
Perioperative Nursing
Sterilization / methods*
Surgical Instruments / economics,  microbiology*
Surgical Wound Infection / economics,  epidemiology*,  prevention & control
Virginia / epidemiology

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