Foot Traffic in Operating Rooms May Pose Patient Safety Risks

Researchers at Johns Hopkins recently conducted a study of traffic in and out of operating rooms as part of its patient safety initiatives.  Other researchers have also studied the frequency of OR doors opening and closing and the potential impact on the ability of positive air pressure systems to keep potentially “contaminated air” out of operating rooms.  In addition to concerns for potential contamination from airflow, excessive foot traffic may pose a risk for distraction of the OR staff.  To read more about the study in an article from Johns Hopkins, click here.

At MLMIC, we believe promoting a culture of safety is an integral part of healthcare, and lessening the potential for contamination and distraction in operating rooms benefits patients and providers alike.