Rapid Review of Surgical Site Infection Risks Associated with Healthcare Ventilation Systems

Publication Date: 28 February 2019

The primary requirement for the design of the built environment, including healthcare ventilation systems, is to protect the patient from preventable infection. Although designed to reduce the risk of Surgical Site Infection (SSI), there is the potential for ventilation systems to contribute to their development, either by:

  • failure of design
  • substandard maintenance and cleaning protocols
  • noncompliance with said protocols
  • contamination

This document aims to provide a rapid review of available guidance and extant scientific literature of the SSI risks associated with healthcare ventilation systems.

Objectives for the rapid review were to assess the:

  • causative agents for surgical site infections associated with healthcare ventilation systems
  • sources of SSI associated with healthcare ventilation systems
  • factors facilitating transmission associated with healthcare ventilation systems
  • infection control measures for reducing the risk of SSI associated with healthcare ventilation systems
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Resource information

Publisher:
Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Literature Review