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Aerobiology - Infection Prevention Starts with the Air We Breathe
Controlling what cannot be seen should be a priority in the operating room. Air quality is critically important. Many healthcare facilities overlook the role that contaminated air may play in the risk of infection. Operating rooms contain many different types of particulate matter and perioperative activities may increase the spread of airborne contaminants. During surgery the entire surgical team and the patient are exposed to airborne particles that carry harmful contaminants.

This program will provide healthcare providers and leaders with considerations for promoting a safe environment discussing airborne hazards, actions, and technologies that can be implemented to remove the health and infection risks to the surgical team and patient.

Objectives:
• Identify the effects of airborne contaminants present in the air of an operating room suite
• Explain how contaminants get in the air and are circulated around the OR
• Discuss the importance of air quality on workplace safety and staff retention
• Discuss technologies that are effective in killing airborne contaminants

California Board of Registered Nursing
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses is provider-approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13019 for 1 contact hour.

The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) has approved this program for 1 contact hour.

Presenter:
Joan M Spear, MBA, RN, CNOR, CRCST
Independent Consultant, OR and Sterile Processing/AKI Ambassador for United States and Canada

Jan 26, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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