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  1. Barratt, Cheryl C. MHA, RN
  2. Schultz, Mary Kay MA, RN


Staffing the operating room requires a different approach than staffing inpatient units. Of course, there are similarities, namely: assuring safe, cost-effective care; dealing with fluctuating workloads; using various types of caregivers; and maximizing and maintaining resources in a responsible manner. However, many differences also exist. This article details the fundamental requirements for determining operating room staffing.