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amount of input we can receive and respond to in any given moment. In the OR, especially at the end of a case, the per- son closing the wound often is sub- jected to a constant barrage of activity going on around them. That's mentally fatiguing and distract- ing. It presents ample opportunity for the person holding the sharp to lose focus and get stuck. In the OR, team members are so hyper- focused on safely caring for the patient, they often forget to consid- er their own well-being. • Environmental noise. Our observations revealed there was a lot going on during wound closure. Staff members would enter the OR to ask questions about the next case; someone would receive a phone call about timing for discharge to PACU; an instrument would drop loudly onto the floor; equipment was moved from the room; there were competing conversations and crosstalk, and music playing. Just one unexpected noise can momentarily distract the attention of the person closing the wound, taking them out of the moment. Even the slightest distraction can result in an injury. We discovered something interesting during our study: Surgical technologists seem to suffer the least amount of sharps injuries among all OR disciplines. When we looked at our institutional data from 2008 to 2018, the percentage of injured surgical techs remained J U N E 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 7 5 REALITY CHECK Preventing sharps injuries demands increased awareness of the OR environment and paying close attention to what's going on in the moment.

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