4 Risk Factors for Immediate Use Sterilization

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Researchers have determined four factors that may increase the risk of immediate use sterilization, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.


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For the study, researchers conducted a retrospective study on 104 adult hip and knee arthroplasty cases in which immediate use steam sterilization was used and 81 adult hip and knee arthroplasty cases in which it was not used.

A multivariate analysis showed the following four factors increase the risk of immediate use steam sterilization:

1.    History of malignancy
2.    Obesity
3.    The procedure took place on Monday
4.    The procedure was performed in operating room 13

The researchers also found performing procedures in the morning may mitigate the risk of immediate use steam sterilization.

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