My OR is currently split - half of the rooms have the heavy duty rubber safety straps with the seatbelt like metal clasp (easy to clean and disinfect) but the other rooms have the straps that are the same material as a seat belt with wide portions of velcro.
The velcro straps are disgusting. I swear that whenever I utilize them I can see skin flakes and dust flying out of the velcro. I'm sure they are a major source of all kinds of nasty things. I realize that they are under the sterile drapes, but the point is they are often coming into contact with patient after patient, and there is no way they can be really cleaned.
I was just curious as to others thoughts on these safety straps and weather they utilize them or not. I also really want to go to my manager and raise my concerns, so any advice on how to best address the situation would be helpful as well.