By Janelle Bentz, MS
Published: Nonwovens Report International (Issue 4)
Complications after surgical procedures are a major cause of death and disability worldwide. These complications are often caused by bacteria that are typically safe, but they lead to healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) when they breach the sterile field during operation. The sterile field is maintained in the surgical suite by the use of protective barriers, such as surgical drapes, gowns and clean air suits.