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					  INFECTION CONTROL COMMITTEE




OPERATING THEATRE DRESS CODE
           POLICY




    Introduced:    January 2008
    Author(s):     Miss Alison Knox/
                   Mrs Val Thurston
    Review Date:   January 2010
NHS DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY                  INFECTION CONTROL COMMITTEE




CONTENTS

1.   INTRODUCTION

2. PROCEDURE
2.1 Disposal of soiled/used linen
2.2 Storage of Scrub Suits

3.   THEATRE ATTIRE

4.   PREPARATION OF STAFF




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1. INTRODUCTION
The operating theatre dress code policy is for all staff who work within the
theatre department and any visitors entering the operating theatre.

This policy should be followed in conjunction with the NHS Dumfries and
Galloway Uniform Policy and the local Infection Control Policies.

This policy provides guidance for attire worn within the semi-restricted and
restricted areas within the theatre department. It does not address attire worn
in the sterile field.

All staff should be aware of the policy and ensure they adhere to it at all
times.

2. PROCEDURE
Storage and changing facilities are available within the theatre department
and should only be used for staff working within this area.

Staff should change in the following manner:

    •   Remove outer clothes and jewellery
    •   Wash hands and place cap/hood over hair
    •   Select a freshly laundered scrub suit and clean footwear
    •   Wash hands or apply alcohol rub correctly

2.1    Disposal of soiled/used linen
Provision for disposal of soiled/used linen is available within the changing
rooms. Uniforms/scrub suits must not be taken home for laundering. These
items must be sent for laundering after daily use or if contaminated during a
shift. Scrub suits must not be kept in lockers for further use.

Refer to Linen/Laundry policy (link to www.dg-infectioncontrol.co.uk) for
instructions on filling, tying and disposing of bags for laundering.

2.2    Storage of Scrub Suits
Scrub suits will be stored within the changing facilities and must not be stored
in lockers. Staff should ensure that their suit is in good condition before
entering the theatre department.

Shower facilities are available within the changing areas and should be used
after contamination.

3. THEATRE ATTIRE
Staff working within the theatre department must wear:

    •   Scrub suits provided. Any clothing which becomes stained or
        contaminated must be changed as soon as possible;




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    •   Footwear must be washable and should be washed after each shift or if
        they become soiled. Washable footwear is available and is sent to
        CSSD for decontamination daily. Staff are encouraged to make use of
        this facility;

    •   Disposable caps or hoods must be worn within the theatre department.
        They should be donned before the scrub suit to avoid contamination of
        the suit and should cover all hair including facial hair. Caps/hoods
        must be removed before leaving the department;

    •   When appropriate, face masks must be worn within the operating suite.
        They must completely cover the nose and mouth. They must be
        changed between patients. Masks must not be handled except when
        putting on or taking off and then only the ties need be touched. The
        mask must be disposed of into clinical waste immediately. Hand
        hygiene must be carried out after removal of the mask;

    •   Safety spectacles or visors must be worn;

    •   Jewellery should be limited to one pair of stud earrings and a smooth
        wedding band ring;

    •   Wrist watches must not be worn by staff with direct patient contact and
        must be removed during hand hygiene.

When leaving the theatre department e.g. for meal breaks staff should ideally
change into their own attire before leaving the area. A fresh scrub suit should
be donned after each return to theatre department.

Theatre clothing must not be worn within the hospital grounds as this
gives a poor public perception.


4. PREPARATION OF STAFF
All staff must be aware and carry out strict personal hygiene and maintain
good health whilst at work.

Finger nails must be clean and short and free from polish. Artificial nails are
not permitted.

Hand hygiene must be carried out or alcohol rub applied correctly after each
episode of patient care and before entering or leaving the department and
when travelling into or out of different areas of the department.

Eating, drinking and the use of lip balm are prohibited in the clinical area.




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REFERENCES

Beesley, J. and Pirie, S. (eds) (2004) NATN Standards and
Recommendations for Safe Perioperative Practice. National Association of
Theatre Nurses:Harrogate

Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust (2006) Operating Theatre Dress Policy




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