AORN Issues Response to ACS Statement on Surgical Attire

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The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has issued a response to the American College of Surgeons (ACS) statement published earlier this month that discusses professional attire for surgeons in and out of the operating room.

As Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, founder of Infection Control Consulting Services noted in a special report published last week, "... aspects of the statement have created significant confusion amongst hospital and ambulatory surgery center staff."

AORN echoes this sentiment in its response. Of particular concern to AORN is the ACS statement's introduction, which says, "The ACS guidelines for appropriate attire are based on professionalism, common sense, decorum, and the available evidence."

AORN notes that "Regulatory agencies, accrediting bodies, and patients expect health care organizations to follow guidelines that are evidence based rather than conclusions based on professionalism, common sense, or decorum."

The AORN response examines each of the ACS statement's guidelines, stating whether a guideline is supported by evidence or if there is other information perioperative professionals should take into consideration before following the guideline.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.