dusting and dry-mopping should be avoided in the operating room since the dust
created by these methods would continue to settle or float in the room for hours.
(i) The bedclothes over the patient should be handled gently when
he is being transferred to the operating table in order to avoid throwing lint off into the
air. Local policy may require bedclothes to be removed/replaced prior to the entry in the
operating room; nevertheless, the patient should be covered with a cover sheet at all
(j) Dressings removed from a wound should be placed at once in a
bag and the bag should be closed and discarded. Drainage that is left exposed to the
air may become dried, thus enabling the infectious organisms in it to become airborne
and be carried to other parts of the surgical suite and the hospital to infect others.