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Queasy Feeling - April 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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3 Surgical Attire Battles Worth Fighting For Breaks in these safe attire practices could harm patients. W hen your surgeons and staff don't follow correct attire practices, such as completely covering the hair and not wearing scrubs outside the OR, they're endangering patients by putting them at risk for an infection. Needlessly so. We may not have all the answers when it comes to keeping our patients safe from infections, but thanks to careful research and high- level evidence collected over many years, there's plenty we do know. And yet, every day, in surgical facilities all over the United States, cli- nicians who should know better disregard some of the most basic dic- tates and principles of infection prevention. What can you do about it? At the very least, you can set a good example by resolving to never let personal preference or convenience 1 4 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 P R I L 2 0 1 7 Infection Prevention Lisa Spruce, DNP, RN, CNS-CP, CNOR, ACNS, ACNP, FAAN Here are the 3 areas where I see consistent breaks in safe surgical attire practices: wearing skullcaps that leave hair uncovered, laundering scrubs at home and wearing scrubs outside of the OR area. There is evi- dence that these breaks could be putting patients at risk. There is still a struggle to achieve compliance with these and other recommendations, as OR members refuse to follow the recommendations based on personal preference and not on the evidence, particularly with head covering. — Lisa Spruce, DNP, RN, CNS-CP, CNOR, ACNS, ACNP, FAAN Common OR Dress Code Violations • HEAD SCRATCHER Some surgeons strongly prefer skullcaps, but should that trump patient safety? Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN Skullcaps Skullcaps

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