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Revista Cubana de Cirugía

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SOLORZANO ALVAREZ, Ernestina  y  RODRIGUEZ QUESADA, Liuba. Assessment of Biological Risk in the Surgical Area of a Health Facility. Rev Cubana Cir [online]. 2019, vol.58, n.4, e838.  Epub 25-Mayo-2020. ISSN 0034-7493.


The personnel working in the surgical area of ​​a hospital are exposed to biological risks requiring more than medical treatment. In view of prevention, apart from taking care of the integrity of the patient, they have been assigned protecting the health of the surgical team, which are susceptible to becoming contaminated with infected objects. These aspects are not strictly complied with by the personnel working in the operating or surgical rooms of hospitals and health centers.


To assess the biological risk in the surgical area of ​​a health facility.


The risk analysis was carried out, which consisted of three general processes: risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication.


The contamination hazards to which workers may be subjected were identified and characterized. The existing vulnerabilities were identified using a checklist designed taking into account the biosecurity principles. The biological risks were evaluated, using a risk estimation matrix (possibility by consequence).


Measures are discussed that can be applied for the management of biosecurity in surgical areas of Cuban health institutions.

Palabras clave : biological risk analysis; surgical area; biosecurity.

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