I was asked by the cath lab manager to find some CDC guidelines for covering hair and masking in the Cardiac Cath Lab. I said, sure, no problem...then I started looking.
Seems there is a lot of disagreement and variation in Cath labs.
Can anyone tell me if there is some sort of RECENT guidelines for Cath lab attire? I've never worked in the Cath Lab, but I am surprised that I couldn't really just pull up some sort of agreed upon standards. Have I missed something? THank you!
May 17, '12
by Tess Deco RN
nurses wear masks with eye protection in the cardiac cath lab where i work. i think universal precautions would apply since the patient's artery is being accessed and blood exposure is a risk.
you might want to contact [color=#474747]the society for cardiovascular angiography and interventions! they may be able to furnish you with guidelines or at least refer you to someone who can. here is a link to their site and contact info!
contact us - the society for cardiovascular angiography and interventions
Last edit by Tess Deco RN on May 17, '12
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May 18, '12
Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
I haven't seen any CDC guidelines on this. Where I work it is recommended you wear face shield and gown when you pull, but most of the nurses have this down to a science and don't wear anything.
Check with your employer as well.
I'd hate to be one of those nurses not wearing the recommended gear the day that something doesn't go as planned and they have an exposure!:uhoh21: (I had a horrific blood shower one day putting in an NG tube, and that does not recommend or require anything but gloves...)
Last edit by sauconyrunner on May 18, '12
: Reason: Edit spelling!