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OSE_1309_part3_Layout 1 9/6/13 12:21 PM Page 155 BEHIND CLOSED DOORS require everyone to wear button-up scrub jackets to prevent contamination from the skin sloughing off our arms. This requirement presents other problems, however, such as when the jacket is contaminated by everything it's dragged against. Or picture prepping for a total joint, holding the leg up and watching the prep run down past your gloves to soak into the sleeve of your jacket. Then, sorry, no time to run to the locker room for a change of clothes during that case. • Cell phones and pagers. I miss the days when the only interruption from the outside world during surgery came from a lone pager. I agree with cell phone restrictions in the OR. Most times they don't go far enough. All phones and pagers should be left somewhere other than the circulator's work station, and should be answered by someone who isn't standing watch over the patient's care. Would a surgeon split his attention between the patient and taking messages? And what's up with staffers at the edge of the room who are more preoccupied with elecPaying someone tronic devices than the patient and case on the to fine you for table? It's a little irritating when you need help and the way you've other team members are so involved with their always done phones that texting them is the quickest way to get things is like them to pay attention to what's going on. paying someone New technology changes surgical practices, and to beat you up. rules and regulations come and go or are re-vised with time. But no matter which changes are chasing which demands, we'll continue to give exemplary care. I'm pretty sure we don't know how to do it any other way. OSM Ms. Watkins can be reached at pwatkins12@comcast.net. S E P T E M B E R 2013 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E 1 5 5

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