July 1979

Clean Air BenchUse for Sterile Maintenance of Unwrapped Surgical Instruments

Author Affiliations

From the Surgical Service, Rochester (Minn) Methodist Hospital (Mr Fremstad) and the Department of Gastroenterologic and General Surgery, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn (Dr Welch).

Arch Surg. 1979;114(7):798-802. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1979.01370310040008

• Microbiologic sterility of unwrapped surgical instruments has been maintained for long periods by the use of an operating room instrument cabinet that continuously circulates high-flow, "particle-free" air. Use of this clean air bench has had excellent acceptance by operating room nurses and by surgeons because fewer instrument storage procedures are needed and setup time, takedown time, and case turnover time in the operating room are diminished. It has been found to be effective in operating rooms having busy schedules for both elective and emergency procedures.

(Arch Surg 114:798-802, 1979)