Clean air in the OR

By Amy Kile

How OREF-funded research fits in the fight against intraoperative infection

Preventing surgical infection is fundamental to total joint replacement (TJR) procedures, so it’s no wonder the topic has been the subject of numerous research studies. With the support of a grant from the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), Harlan C. Amstutz, MD, was among those who first sought to establish a correlation between operating room (OR) ventilation systems and the reduction of intraoperative infections—more than three decades ago.

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