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Transmissible Infections


Do observers in the OR have to meet immunization requirements?

Answer:

Yes, observers of operative or other invasive procedures (eg, students, visiting physicians) should be immunized according to the health care organization's policy for healthcare personnel.

Resources

  • Wood A. Immunization recommendations for perioperative observers. [Clinical Issues]. AORN J. 2013;97(5):587-589.

Updated August 7, 2013 

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Do prescription eye glasses provide adequate eye protection for scrubbed team members?

Answer:

Standard prescription eye glasses are not considered eye protection by the CDC. Appropriate eye protection should fit snug on the brow and have solid side shields, in addition to having anti-fog properties. A face shield may also be worn to protect the eyes and face from splash or splatter.

Resources

  • Ogg M. Types of acceptable eye protection. [Clinical Issues]. AORN J. 2013;98(2):195-196.

Updated August 7, 2013 

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