Mechanisms, Equipment, HazardsOptimal Hand Washing Technique to Minimize Bacterial Contamination Before Neuraxial Anesthesia: A Randomized Control TrialSiddiqui, N.; Friedman, Z.; McGeer, A.; Yousefzadeh, A.; Carvalho, J.C.; Davies, S. Author Information Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management, Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada Obstetric Anesthesia Digest 37(3):p 132, September 2017. | DOI: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000521227.13439.4f Buy Metrics Abstract (Int J Obstet Anesth. 2017;29:39–44) Despite the fact that infection is the leading cause of injury claims related to neuraxial procedures in obstetric patients in the United States, little has been done to study the aseptic techniques used by anesthesiologists. There are also no guidelines describing optimal hand washing techniques before obstetric epidural procedures. A randomized, controlled investigation was therefore undertaken to assess the effectiveness of 5 different methods of hand washing before insertion of epidural catheters for labor analgesia. Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.