count sheets


where are instrument count sheets put in your or's. On the outside or in the tray with the instruments.



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Hi Joe,

Our count sheets are inside the kit, but the hospital I came from, had them on the outside (which I liked better). Why do you ask? :)



174 Posts

Specializes in Operating Room (and a bit of med/surg). Has 4 years experience.

Ours are in a rack on the counter outside the rooms. Sometimes they come with the patient's chart, if they have gone to the holding area.


38 Posts

Ours are tucked in one of the folds of the paper wrapper.


177 Posts

Specializes in OR. Has 5 years experience.

Ours are in the tray with the instruments.


80 Posts

The count sheets are inside the trays.


448 Posts

Ours are in the patient's chart.

ebear, BSN, RN

934 Posts

Specializes in Med-Surg/Peds/O.R./Legal/cardiology. Has 37 years experience.

The patient's chart?????


358 Posts

Inside, but outside would be better so that the scrub person would never hand the circulator a bloody count sheet from a tray that was opened during the middle of a case.


448 Posts

yes, as mike points out, only the circulator handles the count sheet. our facility makes it a part of the patient's record so it is placed with the rest of standard forms (without blood or other bodily fluids on it from a conversion). the count sheet is a standard sheet with about a third of it blanks that you can fill in on the less frequently used items. i was surprised at first because i had come from a facility that had the count sheets in with the instruments. naturally the down side is that it may take more time to fill in the blanks if a surgeon uses non-standard (for our facility) instruments.

i can see both sides but think each has its own merits. so i have to say that either way is good.


22 Posts

Specializes in ICU and Perioperative.

Whats a count sheet? I'm new to the OR and we count Laps, Rays needles, TW's loops, hypos, kb's bovie tips, scratch pad, ect. We don't however count instruments.

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