As JACHO approaches, we are once again in panic mode. Now administration is questioning our dress code in IRL. For all procedures, we have followed the same protocol that is used to insert a central line. The Radiologist and scrub use sterile gowns, sterile gloves, masks, hats, shoe covers, and eye protection. Radiology techs and monitor RN's wear hospital supplied scrubs
and do not routinely wear hats and masks as they are not in the sterile field. Our room has no special air flow and is not off a clean hallway. Many people pass through in street clothes.
Our current infection rate is nearly 0.
I would greatly appreciate any input as to what others in IRL/angio are doing. I've done many hours of web surfing with very little out there to guide us. Our staff feels OR standards are a bit over the top but all agree we want to do what's right.