Sponsored by Encompass Group

The recent OR Today webinar “Back to the Future: New Innovations in Reusable OR Textiles” by Angie O’Connor, RN, BS, Director of Clinical Resources at the Encompass Group shed light on an important topic.

The OR is the biggest user of medical supplies in the entire institution. AORN has been calling for the “greening” of the OR, and how the decision to use disposable or reusable gowns, drapes, and mayo covers can impact cost and provider comfort. There are also environmental considerations with either application. In the webinar, O’Connor provided an overview to the above issues and provided steps to consider within an institution when evaluating reusable gowns and drapes.

The webinar sponsor Encompass Group is a manufacturer and marketer of reusable textiles, professional apparel, disposable and single-use medical products.

The webinar had 228 people register and the session received a positive rating from attendees. Post-webinar surveys also included praise for the session.

“Excellent material, very useful, excellent and very knowledgeable speaker,” Ellis Medical Consulting President S. Ellis shared.

“Very informative webinar and timely because our reusable linen company just went out of business and were switching back to disposables,” Staff Nurse M. Ritchie said.

“What an informative and relevant presentation,” Learning Resource Manager J. Pirie said.

“I found this webinar very insightful, especially comparing the cost of disposable to reusable items, and the reusable items number of uses,” said R. Hance, RN, Quality and Safety.

“I appreciate the opportunity to attend these webinars. Very interesting and useful information,” said Retired OR Unit Coordinator G. Lowrance.

“The OR Today’s Webinar series offer a wonderful variety of topics with engaging speakers,” said J. Mattern, Clinical Nurse Educator, OR.

“The OR Today’s webinar series are truly job related and informative for daily practice of my profession,” shared Y. Sather, Retired Nursing OR Coordinator.

“I attempt to participate in OR Today webinars whenever possible as they are relevant to current practices, issues and concerns we face daily,” said Periop Manager M. Tyson.

For information about future OR Today webinars, visit ortoday.com/upcoming-webinars.

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