The operating room (OR) typically is among the greatest sources of revenue for a hospital and, thus, kept as busy as reasonably possible. The “occupied period” of a typical OR may start before 6 a.m., when nurses and support staff begin to prepare the surgical environment. The performance of procedures typically begins at 7 a.m. and continues into the evening, sometimes until after 9 p.m., followed by a closing hour of post-surgical occupancy. With use like that, it should ...

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