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The Perioperative Nurse Educator: A Multi-faceted Role with Vast Professional Development Opportunities

Perioperative nurse educators are essential to the work of perioperative nursing and are often charged with fulfilling a variety of roles in addition to staff education. Such roles may include learning facilitator, change agent, mentor, leader, champion for scientific inquiry and/or a partner for practice transitions (Harper & Maloney, 2022). Thus, it might be more appropriate to refer to perioperative nurse educators as perioperative nursing professional development (NPD) practitioners. 

Advanced Directives in Outpatient Settings

Understanding and incorporating a patient’s right to make decisions about their plan-of-care plays an integral role in overall health care outcomes. Honoring end-of-life choices in ambulatory settings is complex, since determination whether a health care organization will venerate a patient’s choice may vary based on services provided and specific patient populations served. It is also challenging for health care organizations to balance patient rights against possible ethical challenges.

U.S. FDA Recognizes New Endoscope Guidance and More Among Updated List of ‘Appropriate’ Consensus Standards

The U.S. FDA has recognized ANSI/AAMI ST91:2021, Flexible and semi-rigid endoscope processing in health care facilities as a guidance document “appropriate for meeting requirements for medical devices under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.” Additionally, five other new or updated AAMI standards were added to the federal regulator’s list.

Encompass Group Unveils New Meta Scrubs

Encompass Group LLC recently announced all new Meta Scrubs with the M.A.M. (Meta Anti Mic) Antimicrobial Finish to help fight against bacteria. The M.A.M. finish helps reduce the presence of unwanted bacteria on the surface of the fabric.

Attune Medical ensoETM

Attune Medical ensoETM

Attune Medical’s ensoETM modulates and controls patient temperature through a single-use silicone tube inserted into the esophagus, similar to a standard gastric tube, and connected to an external heat exchange unit. Positioned in the esophagus, next to the heart and great vessels, water circulates inside the closed-loop system to efficiently warm or cool a patient. Unlike surface devices, the ensoETM’s internal placement won’t impede patient access during procedures in the OR, ER, ICU or electrophysiology lab for various temperature management applications. The ensoETM works with existing heat exchangers and is the only device cleared for use in the esophagus for patient temperature modulation.

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