My situation is a case had been opened but canceled the next scheduled patient was not due to be at the hospital for another 15 to 30 minutes then they would have to be processed through Outpatient Area. So that patient would not be ready for 30 to 45 minutes after they arrived. The staff planned to use the already opened case to save on supplies. The delay between cases was about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. AORN Recommended Practice V on Maitaining a Sterile Field states "A sterile field should be maintained and monitored constantly." It goes on to state "It is important to continuously monitor all sterile areas for possible contamination."
How does your facility interpret this statement? What do your policies state to address this issue and how do you implement it?
Thanks for your input!