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Ideas That Work: Infection Control
Slow Your Stroll During Surgery
OSD Staff
Publish Date: December 10, 2020   |  Tags:   Ideas That Work
NO ENTRY A simple sign keeps door openings to a minimum during surgery.   |   Barbara Wolaver

If you want to reduce foot traffic in operating rooms — traffic that can lead to increased surgical site infections, distractions, airflow disturbances and decreased efficiency — slide a Do Not Enter sign in laminated holders hung on OR doors. Thanks to the prominent signage, staff will stop and ask themselves if their reason for entering the room is truly necessary, or if what they need can wait or be communicated to members of the surgical team by phone.

Barbara Wolaver, BSN, RN, CNOR
Kaiser Permanente Tysons
McLean, Va.
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