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Prevent Airborne Contaminant From Entering Custom Trays


A lot of concentration has been placed on pathogenic microorganisms and especially those that have developed a resistance to antibiotics. This leads to physicians having a bad time when dealing with infectious diseases. It is, therefore, necessary to ensure that custom procedure trays are not a vehicle for transferring these infections. In this article, we are going to deal with airborne infections and look at how they can be prevented.

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proven that the number of personnel in a room is directly proportional to the concentration of bacteria in a room. The amount of activity in a space can also increase airborne infections since microbes settle continuously.

Therefore, keeping custom procedure trays in rooms with little or less traffic is important. Medicine cabinets and storage spaces of commonly used tools should not be used to store the custom trays. This will play a big role in preventing unintentional contamination.

  • Pressurization

Pressurization protects spaces from cross contamination by other adjacent spaces. This has always been of importance in health care settings though very difficult to control. Corridors with constantly open doors provide a viable conduit for contaminated air to go around. This is the reason many ORs are designed to have positive pressure as compared to other external spaces. It would be quite useless to take care of the custom procedure trays only to contaminate them during the operation. Only open the custom trays in ORs that are properly disinfected and pressurized.

Other standard precautions to take during operation that will prevent air contamination of custom procedure trays include;

  • Hand hygiene- perform proper hygiene after touching anybody secretion before touching the custom procedure trays to avoid transferring microorganisms to them.
  • Gloves- gloves are important in handling custom procedure trays even when there are no medical procedures happening i.e. when storing or transporting them.
  • Appropriate device handling of the custom trays- never handle the custom procedure trays when soiled with secretions, excretions or any body fluids. Clean and disinfect surfaces that may be exposed to the tools.