A bacteriological evaluation of laminar-flow systems for orthopaedic surgery

Whyte, W. , Shaw, B. H. and Barnes, R. (1973) A bacteriological evaluation of laminar-flow systems for orthopaedic surgery. Journal of Hygiene, 71(3), pp. 559-564. (doi: 10.1017/S0022172400046544) (PMID:4518355) (PMCID:PMC2130579)

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An evaluation has been undertaken of the efficiency of laminar-flow ventilation in operating-rooms in which conventional operating-room clothing was used. It has been demonstrated that velocities in the region of 0·3–0·4 m/sec. will give maximum returns for effort in both down-flow and cross-flow systems. At this velocity the laminar-flow system, in terms of airborne bacteria measured at the would site, was about 11 times more effients using horizontal air-flow and 35–90 times more efficient using vertical air-flow than a plenum-ventilated operating room.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Whyte, Dr William
Authors: Whyte, W., Shaw, B. H., and Barnes, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering
Journal Name:Journal of Hygiene

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