Personnel and textiles as a source of particles in an operating theatre

Salme Nurmi, Anne Lintukorpi, Arto Säämänen, Tuija Luoma, Veli-Pekka Suikkanen

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In this paper we have studied people as a contamination source in an operating theatre by simulating an "operating body box" and evaluating the concentration of airborne particles (> 0,3 mikro m) and the electrostatic charge accumulation. The linting property and the contact potential were measured when a nursy was spreading out surgical drapes on a patient. The studied garments and drapes were: - Cotton / Polyester work cloths, disposable surgical gowns and drapes - Polyester microfibre work cloths, polyester microfibre surgical gowns and drapes - Polyester clean air suits, polyester microfibre surgical gowns and drapes. The measurements were made using conductive and normal nonconductive footwear. On the basis of the results the amounts of releasing particles vary considerably depending on the material combinations. The clean air suits prevent the most effective the releasing particles coming from movable human person into the surrounding room. The highest electrostatic charge levels were measured on a person with microfibre textile cloths and drapes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFiberMed06
Subtitle of host publicationFibrous Products in Medical and Health Care
EditorsRiitta Salonen
PublisherTampere University of Technology
ISBN (Print)951-15-1606-2
Publication statusPublished - 2006
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventFiberMed06 - Tampere, Finland
Duration: 7 Jun 20069 Jun 2006




  • cleanroom clothing
  • textile material
  • linting
  • particle soarce
  • electrostatic charge
  • operating theatre


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