Space suits may lead to increased infection rates, study shows

Space suits used to prevent orthopedic prosthetic joint infections may actually contribute to increased infection rates, according to a study in The Journal of Arthroplasty.

The study compared the particle and microbiological emission rates of space suits and standard surgical clothing in a simulated surgical environment. The results indicated statistically significant increases in both PER and MER when space suits were used compared with standard surgical clothing.

The study's finding provide mechanistic evidence to support increased prosthetic joint infection rates when space suits, rather than standard surgical clothing, are used.

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