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Current Features of Operating Room Infrastructure

Chrysoula Tsiou , Eftyhia Gesouli‐Voltyraki , Eleni Theodosopoulou , Frideriki Kiritsi , Eleni Evagelou


The aim of this study was primarily to identify the differences of opinion between thoseworking in the administration of operating rooms (ORs) and operating room (OR) surgical nursing staff,regarding factors responsible for problems arising from the current infrastructure and functioning of Greek ORs.
Methods: This study derives from a questionnaire survey of the opinions of 201 nursing staff working in 49 ORs in
Greek hospitals. Respondents were either OR nurse administrators or OR surgical nurses, thereby
comprising 2 distinct groups of OR nursing staff. Statistical evaluation was conducted using SPSS (c2-
Test, Pearson-Fisher's Exact Test).
Results: The opinions between nurse administrators and surgical nurses about current features of OR
infrastructure is significant difference (P<0.05). It is also clear that both respondent groups hold similarly
negative opinions.
Conclusions: It is clear that OR personnel work in an often hostile environment and that both administrative nursing staff and surgical nursing staff believe that ORs confront problems in effective organisation, time management, communication, and discipline with regard to OR rules and protocols.theme is attempted.

Keywords: operating room or OR, operating theatre, environment, administration, management, team surgery, functioning in OR

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