How to manage infection control in the operating theatre

01 November 2010
Volume 1 · Issue 2


A common complication following surgery in all species is infection of the surgical site which leads to increased morbidity and in some cases mortality. Not only does the patient incur more stress, but it is also distressing for the owners and the cost of treatment is often increased significantly when dealing with surgical site infections (SSI). Prevention of SSI is by no means possible all of the time due to the many factors which contribute to development of SSI, however it is essential to try to limit development of SSI throughout the surgical procedures performed and during the perioperative period where possible. This article focuses on the preparation of the patient for surgery and infection control in the operating theatre, and highlights the important areas, such as hand hygiene, which can be improved to try to limit the spread of infection within the operating theatre.

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