Microbiological monitoring

HTM03-01 requires ‘at wound site’ monitoring under UCV canopies following validation to determine the level of colony forming units / cubic metre. We specialise in at 'wound site' monitoring using a combination of Casella airborne bacteria sampler (ABS) and sterile silicone tubing.

The silicone tubing is pre-sterilised in the CSSD prior to the monitoring. The surgeon places one end of the tube within 300mm of the wound site and the other end is passed to our microbiologist outside the clean zone of the UCV canopy.  The tube is connected to the Casella ABS and sampling takes place once the first incision is made until the closing of the wound.

This involves using several sampling plates each exposed to 10.5m3 of air over a 15 minute period. Peripheral sampling locations under the canopy are also monitored during the theatre list.

Following monitoring, the sample plates are incubated and enumerated by IOM in our UKAS accredited microbiological laboratory.

At wound site, monitoring is frequently undertaken to provide assurance that the UCV canopy and clinical procedures are effective in controlling the level of bacteria at wound sites particularly deep wounds such as occur during orthopaedic hip and knee replacement surgery. 

Contact: Alison Parton, 01785 333215, or complete our contact form below.

 

Events
08 July
2021

Application of health impact assessment for environmental and occupational exposures

  • 08 July 2021
  • 11:00-12:00

Join us on the 8th of July as Will Mueller shares insights on how to implement Health Impact Assessment (HIA) methods in environmental and occupational scenarios. His seminar will be of particular interest to those in occupational hygiene and air pollution research. The talk will allow others to capitalise on what went well and learn from some of the challenges, leading to more accurate, informed and impactful research from colleagues. 

The HIA is an important evaluation tool used to judge the potential health effects of a policy, programme or project on a population, particularly on vulnerable or disadvantaged groups and by using it in different settings it can help to facilitate cleaner environments and healthier workplaces.  

Running from 11:00-12:00 there will be a presentation followed by questions. 

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