1-26. NEED FOR QUIET
During an operative procedure, all conversation in the OR should be
kept to a minimum to aid concentration, lessen distractions, allow personnel to work
both as quickly and efficiently as possible, and help promote aseptic technique.
1-27. LEANUP FOLLOWING SURGERY
Just as important as the many aspects of the surgery itself is the cleanup
afterwards and the manner in which it is done. The element of time is pressing between
cases; therefore, the scrub and the circulator must work together as quickly as possible
to remove all used equipment and supplies, clean the room, and prepare it for the next
case. The usual time allotted is the same as for the original preparation of the
room--20 to 30 minutes. Cleanliness is of utmost importance since aseptic technique
cannot be attained or maintained in an environment that is not scrupulously clean.
Figure 1-30 A. Grouping of equipment for General Surgery.