Be aware of unrecognized sources of contamination.
Key areas of healthcare facilities may contain unrecognized sources of bacterial contamination:
Emergency room patients may contaminate the area with blood or bodily fluids, infectious respiratory evacuations, and unrecognized viral and bacterial illnesses.
Operating room patients are exposed to pathogens at the trauma or surgical incision site, so it’s crucial to eliminate even the smallest deviation in the sterile environment.
Intensive care unit patients face additional risk factors, such as open access to blood flow at the catheter site, contaminated breathing apparatus and open wounds healing by secondary closure.