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QUESTION:

I am wondering what the recommendations are for the perioperative around the theatre complex for visitors/staff that must attend a theatre. I was of the understanding that perioperative attire was to be worn around the entire complex not just within anesthetic induction / operating theatre. What is the standard surrounding the 'visitor' entry into theatre and what standards apply? Where does this border begin and end within the theatre complex?

ANSWER:

Reading the standard 'Visitors to the perioperative environment' in conjunction with 'Management of the perioperative environment' will assist to clarify the situation in regard to visitors for you. The standard 'Perioperative attire' addresses the wearing of theatre apparel within the perioperative unit. Standard statement 4 in 'Infection prevention'  clearly stresses the importance of regulating the perioperative environment, minimising the introduction of microorganisms and maintaining zone conformity. Move forward to the planning and design standard, Standard statement 4, which discusses zones, unrestricted, semi-restricted and restricted areas, as well as the wearing of perioperative/surgical attire.



QUESTION:

Could you please clarify the standards for wearing of face masks in the operating room?

ANSWER:

The answer to your query can be found in the standard 'Perioperative attire'. Please read through the references, as this will further clarify the wearing of masks for you.



QUESTION:

No policies at my current place of work are in place regarding the cleaning and disinfection of lead gowns. The lead aprons are being worn daily and are not currently being cleaned. What are the infection control standards relating to lead gowns? Are there any standards or guidelines for the cleaning of shared lead gowns for use in theatre?

BRIEF ANSWER:

A general overview on this topic is provided in ACORN standards ‘Infection prevention’ and ‘Environmental management’. 

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QUESTION:

I was just wondering if you could please direct me to what the standards are for a recovery room to run. That is, what qualifications and ratio of nurses to bays/theatres.

BRIEF ANSWER:

ACORN standard 'Staffing requirements' provides guidance for managers relating to adequate staffing and skill mix to ensure safe and effective perioperative care.

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QUESTION:

Could I please have clarification on the use of fingernail products on Registered Nurses in the theatre setting i.e. gel, shellac or SNS. Is it allowed?

BRIEF ANSWER:

ACORN standard ‘Infection prevention’ highlights correct hand hygiene practices (7.4) and, amongst other things, refers to 'not wearing artificial, acrylic nails or nail additives'.

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