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NAME: Scott Taj

MonitOR: Operating Room Door Traffic Monitoring System

Among the risk factors for surgical site infection is the quality of air in the operating room. Maintaining clean air during a surgical procedure contributes to reduced risk of surgical site infection. Operating rooms are equipped with air-flow systems that maintain the quality of the air, but each time the door to the operating room is opened the air-flow system is disrupted. This disruption may increase the risk of surgical site infection. Tracking and reducing the frequency of door openings during an operative case may serve to decrease risk of surgical site infection.

The goal of this project is to use an electronic device to gather data on operating room door traffic. The data being collected will include the time when the door was opened and for how long, as well as the reason the door was opened. This data can then be compared to patient records to determine if a higher frequency of door openings during an operative case increases the risk for surgical site infection. The data on the reason for door openings can be used to effect changes in operating room policy and procedure to reduce the number of times the operating room door is opened during surgery.