Operating Room Protocol
- Clinician must alert the staff of the animal's status.
- If the potential pathogen will not be inactivated by quaternary ammonium compounds, the staff must be alerted so that adjustments can be made in the disinfection regimen.
- Traffic will be limited to necessary personnel and every attempt shall be made to gather all items necessary for the surgery ahead of time.
- Barriers soaked in disinfectant shall be placed at the door.
- All items used in a contaminated surgery shall be sorted as to whether they are reusable or disposable, double bagged in biohazard bags, and sterilized or incinerated.
- Reusable items that cannot be sterilized shall be thoroughly cleaned with an appropriate disinfectant before leaving the room.
- Scrub suits shall be changed immediately following surgery and placed in biohazard bags for sterilization.
- The surgery suite shall be thoroughly cleaned with an appropriate disinfectant and then left vacant for the remainder of the day.
- If an antibiotic resistant infection is present in an animal and that animal goes into or has been in a surgery room, the room will be cultured.
- If the room cultures detect an antibiotic resistant infection, the room will be closed until room cultures demonstrate adequate cleaning of the room.
- Exceptions may be granted if there is good evidence that the infection has been completely resolved.
- The clinician has the discretion to close a room after any case, if he/she suspects that the room has been contaminated with an organism that has the potential to be antibiotic resistant.