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Keep Your Nose Clean - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - August 2018

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2 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 E ver count the number of times the OR doors open during a case? You'd be amazed and alarmed. It could be as many as 40 door openings per hour. In and out, in and out, all case long. Why so much foot traffic during a sterile procedure? When I asked my colleagues, I got all kinds of answers. Not surprisingly, the most common reason for door openings was to speak to someone in the room (I was guilty of that!) — to ask questions, to check on cases or to process paperwork. Some said they enter and leave for breaks or to relieve someone, while others said they left and came back to retrieve and deliver supplies during a case. Some even used the OR as a shortcut, passing through the room to get to another place in the building or to exit. Are You Opening the Door to SSIs? Simple steps to reduce OR foot traffic — a preventable infection risk. Infection Prevention Margaret M. Thomas, MSN, BS, RN, CNOR • STOP THE POP-IN Even a quick stop into the OR during a procedure increases the risk for infections. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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