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February 12, 2020

Emotions, Common Sense, and Evidence in Operating Room Attire

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Surgery, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Boston University and Harvard Medical School, West Roxbury, Massachusetts
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(4):329. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.6023

In an effort to decrease surgical site infections (SSIs), the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) recommended in 2014 the use of specific headgear best fulfilled by bouffant and long-sleeve surgical jackets for all personnel in the restricted and semirestricted areas of the operating room (OR).1 The recommendation regarding the headgear resulted in a heated debate.2 Wearing the long-sleeve jackets to capture skin sheds harboring bacteria was questioned.

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