HOW DOES O.R.TRAFFIC INFLUENCE SURGICAL SITE INFECTION?
: HOW DOES O.R.TRAFFIC INFLUENCE SURGICAL SITE INFECTION? Opening any O.R. door disrupts airflow patterns. Every extra person in room brings more respiratory bacteria and skin cell shedding. Unnecessary equipment clutters room, restricts pathways for movement, and can disrupt air flow if close to wall vent. Movement near sterile setup creates air currents that move contaminants onto sterile items. Movement near sterile setup increases chance of inadvertent contamination of field. Unscrubbed persons reaching or leaning over a sterile field are contaminating it. Talking and gum chewing force more contaminants into the air. HOW DOES TRAFFIC INCREASE OPERATIVE TIME? : HOW DOES TRAFFIC INCREASE OPERATIVE TIME? The surgeon has to wait for items that are not readily available in the room. Surgeons often look up when they hear the door open or when they hear a new person’s voice in the room. Extra people create distraction from the procedure. Unnecessary conversation takes focus away from the