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Archive Infection Control 2013

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Spot the barrier protection missteps in these real-life photos.

Patricia Castellano, RN


What's Wrong With This Picture?

The correct use of personal protective equipment is vitally important for shielding staff and patients from cross-contamination, so I can't help but spot the oft-overlooked bad habits that surgical teams need to stop perpetuating (maybe that's why I became an infection control coordinator). Barrier protection may seem like a bland topic so, to liven things up, let's examine some real-life photos published in Outpatient Surgery Magazine. Many of these oversights are common in surgical facilities — likely even yours — so look at them as practical reminders for gaining compliance with PPE-related protocols instead of pointing the finger of blame at the staff and docs in the pictures who may or may not have known they were doing anything wrong.

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