The February 20 OR Today webinar sponsored by RepScrubs was described as “very interesting” and “eye-opening” by more than one attendee. The session “OR Food for Thought – LITERALLY! What Are We Bringing Into Our ORs and Why?” was presented by Dr. John Kutz, FACS, Medical Advisor at RepScrubs, and was eligible for one (1) continuing education (CE) hour by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing.
Kutz introduced attendees to the culture in a modern OR, how it came to be, what can’t happen and what perioperative professionals need to do correct the status quo and restore the sanctity of the OR. About 200 people attended the live presentation. A recording of the webinar is online.
Attendees gave the webinar high marks with a rating of 4 on a 5-point scale with 5 being the best possible score. They also shared positive feedback in a post-webinar survey.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the webinar with Dr. John Kutz. Hopefully, more OR staff and surgeons will come to realize the importance of keeping OR suites clean and free of unnecessary items in the ORs,” said A. Cuel, OR Clinical Development Specialist.
“What we bring to our ORs was very interesting and genuine. These items that are coming into the OR pose a huge risk of infection without anyone thinking about it. This was an excellent topic and highly informative,” said D. Robbins, Infection Preventionist.
“This was a very interesting webinar and I’m glad I attended. It opened my eyes to issues in the OR which can relate to my workplace environment. These webinars are very useful and interesting,” said M. Mortensen, CBET.
“ ‘OR Food for thought- LITERALLY! What are you bringing Into our ORS and Why’ was a very eye-opening presentation! It really made you step back and view what is sometimes taken for granted and this now the new norm in the surgical environment. It created great discussion among staff that listened in,” said A. Henke, OR Team Lead CNOR.
“I enjoyed the expert instruction from a qualified surgeon who respects the patient and the infection control practices to keep patients safe,” said M. Adams, IPAC/MDS Coordinator.
“This was an eye-opening webinar for me as a vendor who spends lots of time at the hospital for my role. I better realize the importance as a vendor to read hospital protocol, rules and guidance before arriving on site. Patient health and safety needs to be at the forefront of everything,” said C. Mello-Blonay, senior manager, Facial Protection.
“We sometimes do not think about everything that is brought into the OR, especially when we have worked in the OR environment for decades. Today was a very good representation of all those elements that it takes to have a successful surgery along with all the distractions. The culture of the OR is what makes a OR great or just OK. It was a smooth transition in the presentation of how that culture has evolved through the years. We need to remember it is a team effort. No one is more important than the other. It is the team that makes it a success,” said I. Munoz, Director of Perioperative Services.
“Provided an eye-opening observation of all the outside influencers to sterility in the OR. It made me more aware of what I should be looking for as a circulating nurse. You get busy but can’t remain vigilant to detail,” said J. Price, RN.
“One of the best presentations I’ve seen in a long time,” said C. Wyatt, Director of HTM.