Staying Positive During the Pandemic

The good news for patients in need of outpatient surgery is that, across the country, health care providers and policymakers have recognized that elective surgery is not the same thing as optional surgery and are allowing ASCs to remain open to provide this care.

Handling of Explanted Medical Devices Addressed in AORN’s Revised Guideline for Specimen Management

SP professionals must manage explants safely and properly any time a request is made to sterilize an explanted device, such a screw, hip, plate and so on, for return to the patient.

Disinfection Methods – Straightforward or Complicated?

With all the different cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing processes that go on inside of hospitals, I find disinfection to be the most complex and complicated among them.

Steam Sterilization Standard ST79 Receives Community-Driven Update

After three years, a widely used standard in health care and industry has undergone an important update.

“What’s Coming Home With Your Scrubs?” Webinar Well Received

The recent OR Today webinar “What’s Coming Home With Your Scrubs?” featured Dr. John Kutz, F.A.C.S. Medical Advisor at RepScrubs. Kutz reviewed the impact of unclean hospital attire. The webinar, which was sponsored by RepScrubs, was well received by attendees earning positive reviews.

The webinar shared information about the history of hospital staff attire, the transition from formal to casual attire and the impact of scrubs on hospital function and efficiency. Kutz also discussed hospital scrub attire as a vector for infection transmission and the accompanying economic impact.

The webinar drew 149 attendees for the live presentation and more have watched a recording of the presentation on the OR Today website. Attendees shared positive remarks regarding the webinar and the overall OR Today webinar series.

“The webinar on health care scrubs presented by John Kutz, M.D. was informative and delivered by a medical professional both knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter. Doctor Kutz understands the potential role scrubs and hospital attire can play in the disease infection cycle, specifically to compromised persons, both in the health care setting and the home,” said K. McLaren, Director, Research and Development.

“I count on your webinars to stay informed. Speakers are great, and it is a practical way to earn CE credit,” said M. Blacharski, Advisor Surgery Center.

“This webinar was eye opening to amount of risk we take as health care professionals, by wearing our scrubs to and from the hospital. The presenter showed how we are not only putting our patients at risk, but ourselves, our families and the general public at risk. Great presentation and extremely relevant to all positions in health care,” said M. Keel, Staff Nurse OR.

“I love that they have webinars that I can ask questions as needed. I love that I can hear what other facilities struggle with as well. I would love to be the first facility to bring RepScrubs to Hawaii if not already here,” said J. Lesa, APRN/CNS Surgical Services.

“Scrub attire is a hot topic and we learned that doing everything possible to protect our patients is not only possible, but a reasonable professional expectation. Having an automated and system-supported process can have positive impact on end-user behaviors and compliance,” said B. Bennett, CEO.

“This is the second webinar that I have attended and I very much enjoyed it. This topic is relevant to all that work in health care and the speaker was knowledgeable and reasonable in his responses to questions,” M. Nguyen, Senior Manager Clinical Informatics.

“OR Today’s webinars provide up to date topics and discussion to keep attendees in the communication loop,” said C. Bitler, Staff RN.

“Great presentation by Dr. Kutz! I love the history and I don’t understand why some people would want to launder their scrubs themselves. With all the multi antibiotic resistant organisms nowadays, that’s something you don’t want to take home with you. For us in the operating room, all are required to return our scrubs in the machine otherwise we will not have anything to wear,” said C. Anonuevo, OR Resource RN.

“This webinar really hits home on the reality that is happening in health care today and the attire of health care staff. It is easy to become blinded to what we see every day in our facilities,” said A. McGonegie, RN Infection Prevention Specialist.

“Excellent topic to generate awareness in health care professionals and public about potential infections from wearing scrubs in public,” said M. Tuazon, Clinical Nurse Educator.

“This webinar was short and sweet, to the point! Great information. It definitely made me more critically thinking of what I or others I work with could be bringing home to our loved ones but how we also could be making our patients more sick! Opened my eyes,” said M. VanWinkle, OR Supervisor.



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