Strange Observations – Monitor Leads in the OR

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals…

When I consult at a hospital or an ambulatory surgical center, I always gown-up and take a tour of the operating rooms… the vacant operating rooms, of course. I have no desire to enter an OR that has an active case, nor would I be allowed to enter.

This picture is of an operating room table that I was told was waiting for the patient to arrive. Can you see what is laying on the floor…? Those are leads to the medical equipment to monitor the patient.

While this is not a Life Safety Code issue, it is a serious Infection Control issue. You cannot have monitor leads lying on the floor that will be used on a patient. Show this to your Infection Control specialist at your facility, and ask them what they think.