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This 60-minute webinar will feature Dr. John Kutz, F.A.C.S. Medical Advisor at RepScrubs. Join Dr. Kutz as he reviews the impact of unclean hospital attire.

Attendees will learn:

  1. The history of hospital staff attire.
  2. The transition from formal to casual attire.
  3. The Impact of scrubs on hospital function and efficiency.
  4. Hospital scrub attire as a vector for infection transmission and the accompanying economic impact.

About the Presenter: John A. Kutz, M.D. F.A.C.S., a native of Dallas, Pennsylvania, graduated from The University of Scranton where he studied Biology and Philosophy. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from Sidney Kimmel Medical College, formerly Jefferson Medical College, of Thomas Jefferson University with several honors including AOA, and Excellence in Surgery. Dr. Kutz completed his surgical residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he was recognized for excellence in resident teaching and research. Following his training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Dr. Kutz served as General Surgeon in the United States Air Force. He then returned to Pennsylvania where he completed a Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kutz maintains board certification by the American Board of Surgery in both general and vascular surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery as well as the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery.

After returning to Scranton in 2003, Dr. Kutz established a practice in vascular and endovascular surgery. Currently employed by Commonwealth Health Systems Dr. Kutz was formerly a partner/owner in Delta Medix a multi-specialty group based in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He currently serves as Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Section Chief of Vascular Surgery, Director of the Vascular Laboratory, and Director of the Wound Care Center at Regional Hospital of Scranton, Scranton Pennsylvania.

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This 60-minute webinar will feature Dr. John Kutz, F.A.C.S. Medical Advisor at RepScrubs. Join Dr. Kutz as he reviews the impact of unclean hospital attire.

Attendees will learn:

  1. The history of hospital staff attire.
  2. The transition from formal to casual attire.
  3. The Impact of scrubs on hospital function and efficiency.
  4. Hospital scrub attire as a vector for infection transmission and the accompanying economic impact.

About the Presenter: John A. Kutz, M.D. F.A.C.S., a native of Dallas, Pennsylvania, graduated from The University of Scranton where he studied Biology and Philosophy. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from Sidney Kimmel Medical College, formerly Jefferson Medical College, of Thomas Jefferson University with several honors including AOA, and Excellence in Surgery. Dr. Kutz completed his surgical residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he was recognized for excellence in resident teaching and research. Following his training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Dr. Kutz served as General Surgeon in the United States Air Force. He then returned to Pennsylvania where he completed a Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kutz maintains board certification by the American Board of Surgery in both general and vascular surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery as well as the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery.

After returning to Scranton in 2003, Dr. Kutz established a practice in vascular and endovascular surgery. Currently employed by Commonwealth Health Systems Dr. Kutz was formerly a partner/owner in Delta Medix a multi-specialty group based in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He currently serves as Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Section Chief of Vascular Surgery, Director of the Vascular Laboratory, and Director of the Wound Care Center at Regional Hospital of Scranton, Scranton Pennsylvania.

Sponsor

OR Today would like to thank our sponsor, RepScrubs! RepScrubs offers vendor management and cost reduction solutions. The RepScrubs program provides assurance that every vendor entering a sterile department is wearing clean prepackaged disposable polypropylene scrubs dispensed onsite, while shifting the expense of providing those scrubs back to the vendor. The RepScrubs system offers hospitals a unique way of improving infection prevention and adherence to regulatory guidelines, reducing costs, and enabling hospitals to better control and manage vendor access. For more information visit www.repscrubs.com.

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