July 20 Journal Club (with author CJ Rovaldi!): The Effect of an Interdisciplinary QI Project to Reduce OR Foot Traffic

July 20 Journal Club (with author CJ Rovaldi!): The Effect of an Interdisciplinary QI Project to Reduce OR Foot Traffic

“The Effect of an Interdisciplinary QI Project to Reduce OR Foot Traffic” by Catherine J. (CJ) Rovaldi, MS, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, and Paul J. King, MD, was published in the June edition of the AORN Journal. At our next Journal Club, we’ll welcome CJ for an in-depth discussion during AAMC’s Journal Club.

Journal Club: The Effect of an Interdisciplinary QI Project to Reduce OR Foot Traffic
Presenter – Catherine Rovaldi, MS, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR
Date: July 20, 2015
Time: 12-1pm
Location: South Tower, 2nd floor conference room

Click here for the full article, then join us for a lively discussion!

Abstract: We instituted a multidisciplinary educational and operational quality improvement initiative to assess the effect of process interventions on reducing OR door openings and, by extension, surgical site infections. From 2009 to 2012, we conducted an initial trial to gather information and identify reasons for door openings followed by a three-phase investigation that evaluated a total of 102 orthopedic hip and knee procedures in which we counted door openings from the time of incision to the closing of the capsule. We analyzed the effectiveness of door opening deterrents (eg, a pull shade, magnetic yellow caution tape across the door frame) and changes in traffic processes (eg, clear-covered implant carts). The interventions and process changes showed a 50% reduction in door openings compared to the baseline.

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