SHOE COVERS / HAIR COVERS
Guidelines and Recommendations
Association of Surgical Technologist (AST) Recommended Standards of Practice for Shoe Cover Rationale:
The use of shoe covers has never been proven to decrease the risk or incidences of surgical site infection, or to decrease the bacterial counts of the operating room floors. Shoe covers do protect the footwear and feet from exposure to blood and body fluids. Footwear protects the feet from injury by sharps or heavy equipment and instruments that may accidentally fall on the feet. Footwear also provides a barrier to exposure to blood and body fluids.
Association of Surgical Technologist (AST) Recommended Standards of Practice for Head Cover Rationale:
The human body is a major source of bacterial contamination in the surgical environment. Surgical site infections have been traced to bacteria from the hair and scalp of surgical personnel. The purpose of head covering use while in semi-restricted and restricted areas of the surgical suite is to protect both the patient and staff by maintaining a limited microbial spread. In order to maintain a clean environment and adhere to OSHA regulations, a head covering that completely covers head and facial hair must be worn as part of the surgical attire.