Maintaining Operating Rooms Sterilized: Literature Review Matrix

Literature review Matrix

Literature review analyses sources in a particular field. Literature review tries to explore particular subjects in depth. Additionally, the literature review analyses quality of sources as well as the reliability of sources. The literature review also explores the effectiveness of sources. In essence, a literature review determines one’s ability to synthesize his or her sources. In this regard, the literature review matrix is significant in the analysis of ideas or perspectives in a particular source. Additionally, the literature review matrix is significant in the analysis of methods or disagreements encountered in sources. Essentially, a literature review involves a synthesis matrix, which assists in documenting the main sources in a given topic. This paper will perform a systematic review on a practice problem (Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 2009).

Practice problem

The practice problem to be tackled is sterilized operating rooms. The nursing environment requires complete commitment from all professionals within the operating room. Nurses are required not only to maintain a healthy relationship with patients but also to maintain a healthy working environment. This involves maintaining cleanliness in working areas. In this regard, nurses should dress by the requirements in the operating rooms. This would ensure that operating rooms are sterilized at all times. This would have positive influences on patient health and patient response to treatment. Since I am the director of the nursing center, it is my task to ensure that the patient setting is favorable for operation (University Office of Research Integrity and Compliance, 2010).

Synthesis matrix

The sources provide concrete information on nursing practice and regulations. For instance, Milton (2010) stresses the need for upholding ethics in a nursing environment. This is essential in ensuring that nurses provide services as required. Moreover, it ensures that nurses commit to their tasks as provided by the codes of ethics (Fineout-Overholt, Melnyk, Stillwell & Williamson, 2010). This shows that literature is significant to nursing practice. It should be noted that literature from credible sources strengthens the merit of any selected theoretical framework.

This framework was essential for research in numerous ways. Firstly, it gave clear indications on the need for increasing health literacy levels among United States citizens. Secondly, it outlined the group of people faced with the problem of limited health literacy as well as issues that correspond to it. For instance, the article stated that those associated with inadequate health literacy levels were the disadvantaged economically. Additionally, it established that specific groups like the military were also affected. The article went on to define the theoretical framework needed for addressing these issues. These included HLF and UAT, among others. Specifically, the article majored in HLF with the aim of increasing literacy levels among affected groups. Therefore, it could be observed that the framework was quite appropriate for research. Additionally, its contributions to the development of literacy levels in the United States were highly required. The framework was therefore relevant and appropriate for research (Weld, Padden, Ramsey & Garmon, 2008).


Maintaining operating rooms sterilized is important in improving patient health. Therefore, it is my desire that operating rooms comply with nursing standards and regulations. Additionally, nurses and other professionals in operating rooms should ensure that the right clothing is utilized for professional purposes. This practice problem is therefore essential to all nursing centers as it promotes patient progress. Additionally, it strengthens my resolve to advocate for patients and provide evidence-based research/practice as the way forward for my department.


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