Reduce Contamination Following a Hanging Leg Prep
Submitted by Brent Herrin, DVM | Herrin Animal Hospital, Cassville, Missouri
A method commonly performed with orthopedic surgery to reduce contamination is the application of vet wrap and sterile drape material; a preventative measure easily accomplished with minimal pre-planning.
Editor's Note: Larger practices often have sterile vet wrap and drape for distal extremities as part of a larger drape set. Dr. Herrin's alternative use of sterile vet wrap when preparing the drill and drill shroud combination is a technique less frequently used in referral practices.
Another consideration would be to utilize impervious drape material over the distal limb to avoid strike through.