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Sterile Lint & Particles: Do they Put Patients at Risk?

This education activity will discuss foreign debris-initiated post-surgical complications and their associated pathological mechanisms.

One of the most important attributes of a living organism is the capacity to self-repair. This ability is expected and observed every time a patient undergoes a major or minor invasive procedure. Needless to say, lack of this healing ability would render surgery useless and every injury, whether large of small, would be a potential death sentence. Suboptimal conditions can delay or interrupt the auto-processing sequence of repair and lead to various anomalies. One area related to wound healing that has had considerable focus in some surgical specialties, but is often neglected in others, is the impact of foreign microbody contamination, ie, minute pieces of debris left in the surgical site. The presence of these foreign microbodies can cause various postsurgical complications including blood clots, infection, amplified and prolonged inflammation, granulomas, and adhesions. It will review the sources of debris contamination, including a description of foreign microbody characteristics that can further amplify pathological responses, and provide recommendations for determining the sources of lint contamination and how to reduce its presence.

Accredited for:

  • Central Sterile/Sterile Processing 1 CH
  • Nurses 1.0 CH

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