Quality & Regulatory Affairs  |   May 2019
ASA Engagement with AORN Results in Surgical Attire Burden Reduction
Author Affiliations
  • Cassie C. Dietrich, M.D.
    Committee on Ambulatory Surgical Care
    Committee on Surgical and Procedural Anesthesia
  • Brian J. Cammarata, M.D.
    Committee on Surgical and Procedural Anesthesia
  • Chris R. Giordano, M.D., FASA
    Chair, Committee on Surgical and Procedural Anesthesia
Article Information
Quality Improvement / Quality & Regulatory Affairs
Quality & Regulatory Affairs   |   May 2019
ASA Engagement with AORN Results in Surgical Attire Burden Reduction
ASA Monitor 5 2019, Vol.83, 44-46.
ASA Monitor 5 2019, Vol.83, 44-46.
In the past few years, ASA members could easily be engaged and impassioned by asking a simple question – “What do you think about surgical attire?” The 2015 “Guideline on Surgical Attire” produced by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) addressed the acceptability of wearing a significant number of items that constituted much of anesthesiologists’ daily wardrobe. That guideline included requirements on “scrub attire, shoes, jewelry, head coverings and masks worn in the semi-restricted and restricted areas of the perioperative practice setting,” and also extended to “personal items such as stethoscopes, backpacks, briefcases, cell phones and tablets.” The proposed changes to the guideline, released in January 2019, reflected the importance of ASA physicians actively engaging AORN to construct meaningful solutions and compromises to address the challenges placed by the original surgical attire guideline.
1 Comment
May 17, 2019
Paul Mathew
Licking Memorial Hospital
Deep Appreciation for the Work Done
I am extremely appreciative of the work done by ASA in engaging with AORN. The old guidelines were interfering with anesthesiologists without having adequate evidence. Even though it was pointed out by individuals at their own places of work, it seemed to become a dogma that had to be adhered to regardless of evidence presented.

Hence it certainly, helped that the two bodies at the highest level met and ironed out these things, and the impact of this will be huge as it trickles down the system.

Thanks again for standing up for the cause of the rational and scientific approach as we do the task of caring for our patients.
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