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Table 1 Operating theatre nurses’ preoperative routines regarding saphenous vein harvesting

From: Perioperative routines and surgical techniques for saphenous vein harvesting in CABG surgery: a national cross-sectional study in Sweden

VariableOT nurses (N = 62)
Place of preparing equipment and surgical instruments, n (%)
 In the preparation room11 (17.7)
 In the OT51 (82.3)
The sterile table is covered preoperatively, n (%)
 Yes59 (95.2)
 No3 (4.8)
Time of preparing equipment and surgical instruments, n (%)
 Before the patient arrives in the OT56 (90.3)
 When the patient is being prepared in the OT6 (9.7)
Separate table for instruments used in the vein harvesting, n (%)
 Yes47 (75.8)
 No15 (24.2)
Separate instruments used in the vein harvesting, n (%)
 Yes58 (93.5)
 No4 (6.5)
Skin disinfection, n (%)
 OT nurse60 (96.8)
 Surgeon1 (1.6)
 Assistant1 (1.6)
Skin disinfection solution, n (%)
 Chlorhexidine 5 mg/ml in 70% ethanol62 (100)
 Ethanol 70%0 (0)
 Iodine0 (0)
 Chloraprep 2%0 (0)
Estimated time for skin disinfection of leg, n (%)
 1–3 min18 (29.0)
 3–5 min36 (58.1)
 5–10 min8 (12.9)
Tinted skin disinfection solution, n (%)a
 Yes39 (62.9)
 No21 (33.9)
Skin disinfection of both legs, n (%)
 Yes44 (71.0)
 No18 (29.0)
Leg lift for skin disinfection, n (%)
 Manually by staff53 (85.5)
 Leg lift device9 (14.5)
Incision film on the leg/legs, n (%)
 Always/almost always0 (0)
 Always/almost always on any damaged skin on the leg1 (1.6)
 Sometimes0 (0)
 Never/almost never61 (98.4)
Incision film with iodine, n (%)
 Yes9 (14.5)
 No12 (19.4)
 Never use incision film41 (66.1)
Integuseal on the leg/legs, n (%)a
 Always/almost always0 (0)
 Sometimes1 (1.6)
 Never/almost never58 (93.5)
Non-operated leg is covered, n (%)a
 Always/almost always42 (67.7)
 Sometimes12 (19.4)
 Never/almost never6 (9.7)
Vein harvesting begins before the patient is totally draped for the heart surgery, n (%)a
 Always/almost always10 (16.1)
 Sometimes10 (16.1)
 Never/almost never41 (66.1)
  1. aMissing answer from OT nurse/nurses