Principles of a Clean Operating Room Environment

James L. Howard, Arlen D. Hanssen

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Optimizing the operating room environment is necessary to minimize the prevalence of arthroplasty infection. Reduction of bacterial contamination in the operating room should be a primary focus of all members of the operating room team. However, in recent years, there has been a decline in the emphasis of the basic principles of antisepsis in many operating rooms. The purpose of this review is to highlight important considerations for optimizing the operating room environment. These principles should be actively promoted by orthopedic surgeons in their operating rooms as part of a comprehensive approach to minimizing arthroplasty infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-11
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue number7 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Oct 2007


  • arthroplasty
  • clean operating room
  • infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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