Dr.Jurkevics, Orto Clinic, tells:
“The complications of infection in orthopedics in different hospitals reach 2-0.5% on average. In some hospitals also less.
Planning the new hospital, we aimed to reduce the risk of septic complications in the Orto Clinics operation theatres.
A laminar air flow ventilation system was made. That means – from the ceiling to the field of operation flows sterile air in 3×3 m area. Only the patient, doctor and operation nurse are in the sterile area. Non-sterile personnel works outside of the sterile area. At the corners of the operation hall there are non-sterile air collectors that collect and inject non-sterile air back into the sterilisation system.
To avoid non-sterile air maximally, surgeons wear specific helmets which ensure that the surgeons exhaled non-sterile air flows along the bottom of the helmet to the floor, where it is collected again by the air collectors. “