Scrubs Should Not Be Worn Outside the Facility, and Eight More Guidelines on Attire, from ACS

August 10, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​The board of regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) on August 4, 2016, issued a statement on operating room (OR) attire "based on professionalism, common sense, decorum, and the availability of evidence." First, soiled scrubs and hats should be changed as soon as it is feasible and "certainly prior to speaking with family members after a surgical procedure," according to the guidelines. Scrubs and hats worn during contaminated cases should be changed even if they are not visibly soiled. Additionally, ACS said, masks should not be worn dangling at any time.

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