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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.

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Times Have Certainly Changed

Times Have Certainly Changed

by Coleen de Leon, RNFA, BSN, MBA Back in the 70s, when I received notification I had passed my State Board exam, I was ecstatic! As the reality of my accomplishment sank in, I realized, I’m a nurse. I’m really a nurse! I was now considered one of the “elite” team of...

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Time Out: The Music is Too Loud!

Time Out: The Music is Too Loud!

A Former Navy Pilot Explains the Theory Behind the Time Out Checklist by KC O’Connor, President, Universal Safety Solution   I was standing alongside one of the observing nurses in the OR and witnessed the flawless execution of our newly created Time Out Check...

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