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Anesthetist & Team

You as a team member are essential for
most surgical procedures.

Therefore, infection prevention is a
necessary aspect for anesthesia teams.

Find here compact SSI prevention
information especially for your area.

Core Measures

The crucial part of the anaesthesists and their teams in the surgical patient pathway is undisputable.

Since anaesthesia is usually an invasive procedure requiring close contact with the patient, infection prevention is of considerable relevance.

For this reason, we have presented here the measures that are specifically relevant for you.

Guideline-compliant. Compact. Illustrative. Expanded with 200 years of HARTMANNs expertise.

Work attire and Personal Protective Equipment

Area clothing, masks, hair-coverings, protective goggles – the protection in the operating theatre has high priority and includes a number of measures…

… which are summarised here.

Patient Perioperative Warming

Should systemic body warming be used to prevent SSI in surgical patient or not?

This and other questions are answered here...

Perioperative Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis (SAP)

A significant influence of a perioperative parenteral antibiotic prophylaxis is particularly detectable for e.g.:1

  • orthopaedic procedures with permanent implants
  • mammary surgery

Find out more about it…

Behavior of OR team

Protecting you and the patient during the surgical procedure begins before entering the operating room, e.g. with removing jewellery and covering hair.

See what your SSI prevention should start with...

Hand Hygiene

The specifications for hand hygiene include HOW (e.g. skin care, technique, fluids), but also WHEN (e.g. 5 moments) and HOW OFTEN, which are relevant for your working environment, too.

Get informed here…

Complementary Measures

Prevention of SSI includes not only hygiene measures but also therapeutic steps, structural conditions, and corresponding measures.

HARTMANN provides comprehensive information on the recommendations of international institutions like the WHO – even if they go beyond hygienic measures – to create a source for you to find everything in one place.

Further Recommendations

Find here a discussion about e.g. perioperative oxygenation and blood glucose control.

Have a look...

Bundle Measures

For the prevention of SSI, it has proven effective to combine particularly important measures into a bundle of measures, to train on the bundle, and to monitor compliance with the bundle in the form of self-monitoring.1

Find new ideas here to combine measures and more…

Preoperative Patient Skin Antisepsis

Depending on the upcoming procedure and the patient's colonisation, a patient preparation checklist includes…

a manageable list of fixed and variable items.

Surgical Team Preparation 

Do you have a standardized practice to prepare for surgical procedures?

Find guidance here.

OR Basics 

Even apparent and self-evident facts in the prevention of SSI should be regularly refreshed and communicated.

Use a compact bundle for this.

References:
1. KRINKO (2018) Prävention postoperativer Wundinfektionen. Empfehlungen der Kommission für Krankenhaushygiene und Infektionsprävention (KRINKO) beim Robert Koch-Institut. Bundesgesundheitsbl 61: 448–473.

Measures at a Glance

Surgical site infection prevention is a task in which different sections are involved. Find here all relevant measures and information per perspective to create your individual infection prevention bundle!

For an easier daily routine with infection prevention.

Surgery & Procedure

  • Surgical Hand Antisepsis
  • Surgical gloves and surgical attire
  • Surgical Site Preparation
  • Surgical Irrigation
  • Surgical Wound
  • Equipment
  • Wound Drain
  • Further recommendations

OR Team

  • Behavior of OR team
  • Work attire and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Surgical Hand Antisepsis
  • Surgical gloves and attire
  • Surgical Site Preparation
  • Surgical irrigation
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Surgical wound
  • Further recommendations

Patient

  • Preoperative bathing
  • Patient clothing
  • Hair removal
  • Mechanical bowel preparation and use of oral antibiotics
  • Decolonization of Staphylococcus aureus carriage
  • Patient empowerment
  • Wound drain
  • Further recommendations

Cleaning & Disinfection

  • Surface Cleaning
  • Surface Disinfection
  • Equipment

Anesthetist & Team

  • Work attire and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Patient Perioperative Warming
  • Perioperative surgical antibiotic prophylaxis (SAP)
  • Behavior of OR team
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Further recommendations

General

  • Hand Hygiene
  • Perioperative surgical antibiotic prophylaxis (SAP)
  • Work attire and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Surgical Hand Antisepsis
  • Behavior of OR team
  • Surveillance
  • Structural Conditions