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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.

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Advanced Directives in Outpatient Settings

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.

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Advanced Directives in Outpatient Settings

Is That Instrument Safe To Use On A Patient?

In addition to instruments in disrepair making their way to the sterile field, Joint Commission surveyors have unfortunately noted with increasing frequency, the reprocessing of single-use devices (SUDs) – items labeled by their manufacturer as “single use” or disposable. These devices often consist of lower-quality material and as a result, develop pitting and oxidation which indicates possible hazard to a surveyor. Reprocessors are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are subject to all regulatory requirements currently applicable to the original device manufacturer, including premarket submission requirements. If a health care organization reprocesses a single-use device, it is dangerously allowing itself to become a manufacturer of a medical device – and thus assumes all of the manufacturer’s liability, should that device fail. In addition, it takes on the liability of possible FDA rule violation. Single-use instruments must be removed from trays and discarded or sent to an FDA-approved reprocessor of SUDs.

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