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Document ID (ISN)110649
CIS number 10-0286
ISSN - Serial title 0304-3894 - Journal of Hazardous Materials
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ishihama K., Sumioka S., Sakurada K., Kogo M.
Title Floating aerial blood mists in the operating room
Bibliographic information Sep. 2010, Vol.181, No.1-3, p.1179-1181. Illus. 9 ref.
Abstract High-speed surgical instruments and electric coagulator devices produce contaminated particles and aerosols. This study aimed to investigate the presence of blood-contaminated aerosol in an operating room environment. Test filters were fitted to the extract ducts of a standard central air conditioning system, and were left in place for one, two or four weeks. In a separate experiment to analyze contributing factors, the test filters were changed following every operation. Green dots showing a reaction with leucomalachite green method were counted. In the accumulation experiment, the number of positive dots tended to increase over time (26, 60, and 143 dots after one, two and four weeks, respectively). Surgical procedures performed with these devices produce aerosolized blood in the operating room. Implications are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) aerosols; operating theatres; blood; determination in air; health care personnel; biological hazards
Descriptors (secondary) Japan; exposure evaluation; limitation of exposure; safe working methods; hospitals
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceJapan
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Biological hazards
Air pollution
Exposure evaluation
Health care services