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Can nurses wear clogs in the OR?

Answer:

Clogs may be worn in the OR if they meet the criteria in this statement: "Shoes worn within the perioperative environment should have closed toes and backs, low heels, non-skid soles, and must meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the health care organization's safety requirements." Shoes that enclose the foot with backs, low heels, and non-skid soles may reduce the risk of injury from slips and falls and from dropped items. Shoes that have holes or perforations may not protect the feet from exposure to blood, body fluids, or other liquids that may contain potentially infectious agents.

Resources

Recommended practices for surgical attire. In: Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices. Denver, CO: AORN, Inc; 2013:51-62.

Updated January 28, 2013 

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Can nurses wear tennis shoes in the OR?

Answer:

Tennis shoes may be worn in the OR if they meet the criteria in this statement: "Shoes worn within the perioperative environment should have closed toes and backs, low heels, non-skid soles, and must meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the health care organization's safety requirements."

Shoes made of cloth, that are open-toed, or that have holes on the top or sides do not offer protection against spilled liquids or sharp items that may be dropped or kicked. In one study, only six materials prevented complete penetration with a scalpel: sneaker suede, leather with inner canvas lining, non-pliable leather, rubber with inner leather lining, and rubber.

Resources

Recommended practices for surgical attire. In: Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices. Denver, CO: AORN, Inc; 2013:51-62.

Updated January 28, 2013 

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Is it acceptable practice to bring backpacks and briefcases into the operating room?

Answer:

Backpacks and briefcases that are made of porous materials should not be brought into the operating room. Porous materials may be difficult to clean effectively and thus may harbor pathogens, dust, and bacteria that can contaminate the environment. Improperly cleaned items in the semirestricted and restricted areas of the perioperative suite may be a source of cross-contamination to the patient and a hazard to the general public when the item leaves the area.

Resources

Recommended practices for surgical attire. In: Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices. Denver, CO: AORN, Inc; 2013:51-62

Updated January 28, 2013 

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Can patients wear their own clothes in the OR?

Answer:

Necessity for clothing worn into the semirestricted and restricted areas by patients should be determined on an individual basis and be in accordance with the health care organization's policy. If allowed, considerations should be made for required access during patient care (eg, IV access, electrosurgical unit dispersive electrode), patient injury from attire (eg, restrictive to respiratory or circulatory system, pressure injury, burn injury), soiling of garment, and traffic patterns in the semirestricted and restricted areas (ie, cover patient attire with clean linen).

Resources

Burlingame B. Patients wearing personal clothing into the OR. [Clinical Issues]. AORN J. 2012;95(2):288-289.

Updated July 18, 2013 

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