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Staying Positive During the Pandemic

The good news for patients in need of outpatient surgery is that, across the country, health care providers and policymakers have recognized that elective surgery is not the same thing as optional surgery and are allowing ASCs to remain open to provide this care.

Handling of Explanted Medical Devices Addressed in AORN’s Revised Guideline for Specimen Management

SP professionals must manage explants safely and properly any time a request is made to sterilize an explanted device, such a screw, hip, plate and so on, for return to the patient.

Disinfection Methods – Straightforward or Complicated?

With all the different cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing processes that go on inside of hospitals, I find disinfection to be the most complex and complicated among them.

Steam Sterilization Standard ST79 Receives Community-Driven Update

After three years, a widely used standard in health care and industry has undergone an important update.

AORN 2019 Scrapbook

More than 5,700 perioperative nurses and health care professionals gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, at the 66th annual AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo. Attendees could choose from over 100 educational sessions representing nine educational tracks Global, Ambulatory, Clinical, Educator, Infection Control/Infection Prevention, Sterile Process, Leadership/Management, Evidence-based Practice/Research, Quality/Quality Indicators. Also, attendees can watch recordings of the sessions they missed through AORN’s on-demand streaming service to continue their education after returning home from the conference.

Among total attendees, 800 emerging leaders and experienced executives participated in the sold-out Leadership Summit, a four-day mini conference within AORN Expo focused on the management and business side of perioperative nursing. Speakers provided updates from the Joint Commission, megatrends impacting the U.S. health care industry and a certificate program on surgical services financial management.

The trade show portion of the conference boasted a full expo hall with 467 exhibitors displaying their latest surgical products, technologies and services. New in 2019, AORN presented the OR of the Future, supported by Getinge. Another first at the 2019 event was AORN’s Reverse Trade Show.

OR Today also hosted a rooftop party, sponsored by BD, at Rock Bottom Brewery with entertainment by Carl Wockner. The event was designed to offer additional networking opportunities and treat readers to live music in the Music City!

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