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Surgical Attire

  • Staff changed into scrubs at the hospital

  • Top is secured at waist, tucked in or close to body

  • All hair is covered

  • No visible jewelry worn by scrubbed and non-scrubbed staff

  • Mask is worn by (secured with both ties) in the presence of open sterile items and equipment

  • Cover gowns/jackets are worn and secured to prevent inadvertent contamination while walking past sterile field

  • Dedicated shoes or shoe covers are worn

Sterile Technique

  • Sterile field is prepared close to time of surgery

  • Sterile items are transported in covered or enclosed cases/carts

  • Sterile packages are inspected for punctures, tears, and expiration dates

  • Sterile field is maintained troughout the procedure with traffic patterns established with a minimum of one foot perimeter respected by the unsterile personnel

  • Sterile items are presented to scrubbed person or placed securely on field

  • Liquids are poured only once, without splashing, and the remainder is discarded

  • Draping is accomplished in a sterile manner:<br> * Draping is performed by a minimum of two people<br> * Hands are "cuffed" while presenting drapes to unsterile personnel<br> * Anesthesia screen is not dropped prior to placement<br> * Drapes are not lifted or moved after placement

  • Items are flashed sterilized only in an emergency situation and a closed container is used or transport to the sterile field

Surgical Hand Scrub

  • Scrub is performed according to manufacturer's directions and aseptic technique

  • Scrubbed personnel do not contaminate themselves while gowning and gloving

Time Out

  • Observe Universal Protocol "Time Out"

  • Site marked prior to entry into OR suite (in pre-op holding area)

  • Chart review- H&P reviewed - completed within 30 days, update completed if H&P is over 24 hours old.

  • Circulator checks patient's ID bracelet- patient identificiation prior to incision/ invasive procedure

  • Circulator calls "TIME OUT"

  • Circulator states the correct site

  • Circulator reads aloud the surgical procedure to be done

Skin Prep

  • Hair is removed using clippers

  • Skin prep is performed according to manufacturer's directions and aspectic technique

  • Type of Prep used

  • Sufficient drying time is allowed prior to draping


  • Traffic in and out of the room is kept to essential personnel/tasks

  • The traffic pattern during the case avoids the sterile field whenever possible

Environmental Cleaning

  • Horizontal surfaces are free of dust and organic debris

  • After procedure, reusable patient items such as straps are cleaned between uses

  • After procedure, visibly soiled areas of the floor (three to four feet perimeter around the bed) is mopped free of all blood and debris

  • OR doors are closed between cases

  • Scrub tech removes excess tissue from instruments

  • Enzymatic spray prior to delivery to CS

  • Operating room's environmental temperature and humidity temperature range 68-73 degrees and humidity range 30-60%. Staff takes and documents corrective action if temperature and humidity ranges are not met

  • Linen, equipment and supplies are properly stored within the operating room and OR department, including appropriate covers and storage practices to minimize the potential for dust and contamination


  • Medications are labeled appropriately when in use

  • Refrigerators are specific for medications, staff foods, etc.

  • Sharps are removed and disposed of appropriately at the completion of each case

  • Sharps containers are accessible, secured to wall/counter and emptied when the "full" line is reached

  • Unused medications/fluids are disposed of at the end of each case

  • Fluid warmers are checked for approved temperature ranges each day the OR is functioning or automatically checked with thermaviewer.

Cleaned / Soiled Areas

  • Dirty / clean equipment is stored separately

  • Biohazard waste is labeled and covered

  • Cleaning supplies are labeled

  • Approved cleaning supplies

General Infection Prevention

  • Soiled linens are placed in designated covered hampers

  • Under sink storage is limited to disinfectants / cleaners

  • No eating or drinking in patient care area

  • Clean equipment is labeled clean / clean label removed for used equipment

  • All sterile supplies are dry with intact packaging, not stored on the floor

  • Low storage areas must have solid surface shelving

  • Storage of sterile supplies is 8" above the floor and 18 inches from ceiling/sprinkler heads.

  • Ice scoop is not stored in the ice machine

  • Staff know where to find and how to access infection prevention policies and procedures

  • Staff are aware of when to use Airborne isolation and PPE (N-95 masks)

  • Staff are knowledgable about blood spill protocol

  • Staff know the kill time for disinfectants used

  • Staff have knowledge of hand hygiene requirements and practice these requirements

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