The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has published the 2018 Guidelines for Perioperative Practice with five updated guidelines, as well as a completely new guideline that addresses team communication. Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, published each January, is a collection of 32 guidelines that provide evidence-based recommendations to deliver safe perioperative patient care and achieve workplace safety.

The Guideline for Team Communication is the first evidence-based guideline for effective communication in the perioperative environment. This new guideline expands upon and supersedes the Guideline on Transfer of Patient Care Information.

“Every AORN guideline recommends team involvement and shared communication with all stakeholders on the perioperative team, yet research still identifies ineffective team communication as a common cause of adverse events,” said Ramona Conner, MSN, RN, CNOR, editor-in-chief of AORN’s Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.

“Understanding the evidence supporting strategies to strengthen team communication is critical for teams to successfully implement all AORN guidelines for safe perioperative care.”

2018 highlights include the following:

  • New – Guideline for Team Communication
  • Updated – Guideline for Positioning the Patient
  • Updated – Guideline for Medication Safety
  • Updated – Guideline for the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism
  • Updated – Guideline for Medical Device and Product Evaluation
  • Updated – Guideline for Manual Chemical High-Level Disinfection.

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