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What's the Harm? - December 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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9 D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 5 | O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E A sizable faction of OR personnel don't always agree or don't always follow the head-to-toe dress code or other guidelines, either because they think they know better or they simply don't like being told how to practice. That's what got us thinking about this month's cover story, "What's the Harm?" on page 22. With the help of our readers, we teed up a few of surgery's sacred rules and regulations and took a swipe at them. Our story is sure to tick some off. Chief among the sacred rules is the home-laundering of scrubs. Whether to launder scrubs at home or at an accredited healthcare laundry facility is a highly emotional issue for some. AORN states all items worn in the semi-restricted and restricted areas must be facility- laundered. When we asked nearly 500 readers last month if they let their staff launder scrubs at home, 29% said yes. "Since you asked," a reader says, "why is it okay for the surgeon to wear in scrubs but staff can't?" Which begs another question: Why do we react so strongly to AORN rec- ommended practices? "Nurses react strongly because following the guidelines sometimes requires changes in prac- tices and long-standing beliefs and routines," says Ramona Conner, MSN, RN, CNOR, editor-in-chief of AORN's Guidelines for Perioperative Practice. "These changes may require fundamental changes in the organization's culture and personal practices. Change is always diffi- InstaPoll Do you let your staff launder scrubs at home? yes 29% no 71% SOURCE: Outpatient Surgery Magazine InstaPoll, November 2015, n=472

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