16 October 2013

THE ART OF SURGICAL PREP: PAINTING IN THE OR.

Betadine used to be the predominant antiseptic prior to surgery. Although it is still the go-to staple, there are several other choices available in a range of colors and viscosities. Many hospitals, ASCs and other surgical environments are changing the not only the antiseptics used, but also the manner in which they are applied.

Rather than a standard enlarging square application, working from the center out, circles, squiggles and many other designs are being encouraged by circulating nurses. Artistic self-expression brings a sense of personal pride to the prep process.

Pathologists often use different colors to identify margins and highlight areas of concern. They too take pride in their colorful and helpful creations. How does all this clinical artistry affect clinical safety? Find out in this KevinMD article. http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2013/09/painting-evolution-surgical-preparation.html How much creativity goes into your team’s OR paintings?