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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Dipp Ramos R, Itani KMF. Emotions, Common Sense, and Evidence in Operating Room Attire. JAMA Surg. Published online February 12, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.6023
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