UW HEALTH CLINICAL POLICY 1
Policy Title: Surgical (Space) Helmet System Use and Clean-Up in Perioperative
Policy Number: 2.3.21
Category: UW Health
Effective Date: March 24, 2017
To define the procedure for intraoperative use and cleaning of the surgical helmet system.
A. The attending physician will determine the use of the helmet system.
B. Nursing staff will obtain space helmet system for appropriate procedure.
i. Components needed are:
b. Sterile hood
C. Helmet is put in the OR room prior to the surgical procedure.
D. A surgical mask is put on loose to allow for circulator to remove after sterile hood is put on by the surgical
i. Surgical masks are not necessary under the surgical hood. The helmet system has its own filter
E. Sterile team member puts sterile hood on surgeons and circulating nurse pulls hood over surgeon’s head
and secure ends, removes masks and checks ventilation.
F. When the sterile team member wears a helmet he/she will put the sterile hood on first by touching only the
inside of the sterile hood. The non-sterile team member assists with removal of face mask and positioning of
sterile hood. The circulator touches only the inside edges of the sterile hood. After the placement of the hood
the sterile team member then puts on the sterile gown and gloves.
G. The battery pack run time should be monitored by the nursing staff.
i. A run time of thirty hours can be expected from a fully charged battery pack.
H. Helmet, belt and battery are left in OR room after use for cleaning and disinfecting with hospital disinfectant.
The hood is removed and disposed of in the trash.
I. Battery packs should be put back in charger after cleaned and disinfected.
i. Battery must be charged on Stryker charger. The charging will range from one to three hours
depending on length of time used. Green light indicates the batteries are charged for use.
Author: Directors, Surgical Services Department
Senior Management Sponsor: SVP/Chief Nurse Executive
Reviewers: Surgical Services Supervisor - Ortho
Approval committees: Surgical Services Policy and Procedure Committee; UW Health Clinical Policy
UW Health Clinical Policy Committee Approval: February 20, 2017
UW Health is a cohesive, united and integrated academic medical enterprise comprised of several entities.
This policy applies to facilities and programs operated by the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics
and the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, Inc., and to clinical facilities and programs
administered by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Each entity is
responsible for enforcement of this policy in relation to the facilities and programs that it operates.
Peter Newcomer, MD
UW Health Chief Clinical Officer
J. Scott McMurray, MD
Chair, UW Health Clinical Policy Committee
UW HEALTH CLINICAL POLICY 2
Policy Title: Space Helmet System Use and Clean-Up in Perioperative Areas
Policy Number: 2.3.21
V. REVIEW DETAILS
Next Revision Due: March 24, 2020
Formerly Known as: Surgical Services departmental policy #5.08