Infection Prevention and Environment of Care

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Operating Room Temperature is between 68 degrees F to 75 degrees F or 20 degrees C to 24 degrees C. (AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (2017))

The humidity of the operating room is between 20% and 60%.

The operating room is positively pressured in relation to the corridor.

Decontamination Room temperature is between 60 degrees F to 73 degrees F or 20 degrees C to 23 degrees C. (AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (2017))

Decontamination Room Airflow pressure is NEGATIVE in relation to the corridor. (AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (2017))

The Clean Workroom's temperature is 68 degrees F to 75 degrees F or 20 degrees C to 24 degrees C. (AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (2017))

The Clean Workroom's humidity is a maximum of 60%. (AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (2017))

The Clean Workroom is positively pressured in relation to decontam and corridor. (AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (2017)).

Sterile Storage Room Temperature does not exceed 75 degrees F or 24 degrees C. (AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (2017))

The Sterile Storage humidity is a maximum of 60%. (AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (2017))

Sterile storage airflow pressure is POSITIVE in relation to the corridor. (AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (2017))

Instruments are wiped of excess organic material and saturated with enzymatic cleaner, prior to case instruments leaving room for reprocessing

At the conclusion of the case instruments for reprocessing are moistened with the appropriate enzymatic detergent prior to transport to decontamination. (no saline submersion of instrument, instruments cannot be transported in liquid).

At the conclusion of the case instruments for reprocessing are transported in a puncture proof case to decontamination.

The instrument transport cart is appropriately labeled as containing biohazardous material (Label/Sign)?

There are no additional infection prevention and control observations:

There are no Environment of Care or Life Safety concerns observed.

There are no other opportunities for improvement identified.

Positive observations:

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.