376 - Seeing the Whole Picture: Safety in the Orthopedic Operating Room
Description: The orthopedic operating room presents many unique hazards to both patients and staff alike. These issues include radiation exposure, smoke inhalation, chemical exposure, musculoskeletal injury, and many more. Early identification and mitigation of these hazards can decrease the risk of injury, with the work of every perioperative staff member being a vital contribution it is of paramount importance to minimize risk of injury. The orthopedic perioperative staff from a level 1 trauma hospital identify and address gaps in personal safety measures every day. Patient and staff safety are both made a high priority through adherence to AORN, NIOSH, and OSHA guidelines. The use of staff education, protective equipment, safe handling of dangerous chemicals, and interdisciplinary cooperation are all utilized to reduce the risk of injury to the valued members of the perioperative team. By being educated on the risks and available means of risk reduction perioperative nurses will be better equipped to help ensure their own safety and the safety of their fellow staff members and patients in the orthopedic operating room.