CJ Rovaldi, MS, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, and Paul King, MD, published in AORN journal

CJ Rovaldi, MS, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, and Paul King, MD, published in AORN journal

“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. Read the abstract below or click here for the full article.

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.

Congrats CJ and Dr. King, what great work. We all share the responsibility for reducing patient infections — thank you for all you have done and to all who participated in this QI study.


  1. Posted by Charlotte Wallace, at Reply

    So proud of you CJ and team! The ripple effects of your work will go far and wide.

  2. Posted by Brittany Manning, at Reply

    What a huge accomplishment after a long 3 year project, congratulations Cj and the rest of the Quality Team!

  3. Posted by Terri Ridel, at Reply

    Congratulations and thank you for your dedication to improving patient care.

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