This study by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC Mercy, examines OR traffic monitoring with direct observation and an automated counter.
Direct observations were collected during neurosurgical procedures and included OR traffic, hand hygiene, and information on the type of healthcare worker and reason for traffic. Automated monitors collected time-stamp data of the number of people crossing the sensor and in which direction they went.
During 10 hours of direct observation:
During 20 hours of automated data collection:
Excessive OR traffic can predispose patients to surgical site infections. Direct observation provides information and opportunity for education and feed back, but it is time-consuming. OR traffic monitoring with an automated counter is inexpensive and allows for extended monitoring, the researchers conclude.Read More >>