Blood-Saturated Operating-Room Shoe Covers

PAULR.SUMMERS,MD, MANOJ K.BISWAS,MD, S.G.PORTERA, LINDAMOORE,PhD

THE IMPLEMENTATION of "universal precautions" inhospitals to prevent the spread of infectious disease has recently received much attention. Yet, blood contamination of surgeons' footwear through blood-permeable, paper operating-room shoe covers remains an unresolved isue. A special risk of shoe and stocking contamination with blood and amniotic fluid may exist for obstetricians during vaginal delivery and cesarean section. This study was carried out to assess the posible risk for shoe contamination with blood in operating rooms if standard blood-permeable shoe covers are used.