Surgical Attire

The human body and surfaces in the surgical environment are major sources of microbial contamination and transmission. Surgical attire and personal protective equipment are worn to provide a high level of cleanliness and hygiene within the perioperative environment and to promote patient and worker safety. Reducing the patient’s exposure to microorganisms that are shed from the skin and hair of perioperative personnel may reduce the patient’s risk for surgical site infection. Patient safety is the primary consideration for perioperative personnel.

This module provides guidance for surgical attire including scrub attire, shoes, jewelry, personal belongings, head coverings, and masks worn in the semi-restricted and restricted areas of the perioperative practice setting.


After completing this course, the perioperative RN will be able to identify correct surgical attire and how it is worn to protect both patients and health care workers.


  • Identify appropriate surgical attire for the semi-restricted and restricted areas. Understand when surgical attire is to be changed.
  • Understand the appropriate care, disposal, and laundering of surgical attire.

Course Requirements

To receive 1.0 contact hours for this course, you must achieve mastery of the content and submit an evaluation as instructed at the end of the course. This course contains 44 questions.

Contact Hours

The 1.0 contact hours for this course will expire June 30, 2019.

Accreditation, Disclaimer and Copyright


This program is approved for 1.0 hours of AEU credit by BASC provider #0102.

Funded through the AORN Foundation and supported by a grant from Aramark Uniform Services.

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