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Surgical staff dressing includes several procedures that it is important to follow scrupulously to avoid (or otherwise minimize) the possibility of contamination during surgery.
Since the environment and the operating field must be kept sterile, dressing healthcare workers is a delicate step that - although it can take some time - cannot be neglected. Even more in a period like the current one, with the Covid-19 pandemic requiring even greater attention.
The dressing procedure begins in the filter area and is completed in the actual operating room. Let's see, below, some of the main steps.
To access the filter area it is necessary, first of all, to completely remove jewelry, watches and civilian clothing (or at least those used in the ward) and wear the specific uniform for the operating room.
It must be complete with:
Some accessories will be disposable, such as masks and headgear, while other clothing will then be left in the filter area - at the end of the intervention - for their washing and sterilization.
An important role is played by hand washing and disinfection, to be performed both before and during the procedure. In particular, after removing jewelry and watches and wearing the uniform, social hand washing should be performed before putting on the headgear and mask.
Part of the operating team will then perform the sterile dressing, either in a room in front of the operating room (equipped with tools for surgical hand washing and disinfection) or in the operating room itself. The maneuvers will also be performed with the assistance of a collaborator.
Once the surgical mask and any protective visor is worn (for those who wear glasses or for particular interventions with the possibility of massive contamination), we continue with the surgical hand washing, before putting on the sterile gown (with the help of the operator not sterile dressed).
Sterile gloves are then worn last, to prevent contamination during other dressing procedures. They should be fitted so as to adapt perfectly to the hands, even partially covering the sleeves of the gown.
To learn more, see the following article from nurse24.it with the individual dressing procedures in detail.
In addition to the procedures for the operating room, health care workers involved in caring for patients with COVID-19 must, of necessity, be very careful in the dressing and undressing phases of level II and III PPE.
In this case, in fact, it becomes particularly important not only to avoid becoming infected, but also to further spread the virus at the end of the work shift.
The Sant'Orsola Polyclinic Hospital has provided guidance on the various steps to be followed, including video tutorials, on dressing and undressing of healthcare personnel. You can find the article on our blog here.
Delta Med's OR division not only produces disposable components and accessories for the operating room, but also offers customized kits according to the type of intervention and individual needs.
Moreover, with the DM-IMPBASE CV "Covid protection" kit, it is possible to have two kits in one, namely: