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OPERATING ROOMS: What is the TORCZ zone technique?

A systematic process for setting up the operating room known as TORCZ – The Operating Room Circulating Zones – is described in this brief article.  There are six zones:

  • Patient care zone
  • 2 working zones
  • 2 viewing zones
  • Circulator zone

These zones are identified in a photograph that accompanies the article.  TORCZ was developed at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  It is a standardized approach that makes set up more efficient and less intimidating for new nurses learning how to circulate.

Source: Mathias, J.M. (2015, Nov.). Zones establish structure and routine for OR setup. OR Manager, 31(11). Publisher’s website here: http://www.ormanager.com/zones-establish-structure-routine-setup/ Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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