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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.

Encompass Nova Patient Warming Blanket

Encompass Nova Patient Warming Blanket

Since its introduction last fall, the Encompass Group LLC Nova Next-Generation Patient Warming Blanket has been favorably reviewed for efficacy, ease of use, clinician and patient satisfaction. Nova warms patients without air movement, reducing infection risks associated with forced air. With no moving parts, the Nova system is silent, creating no additional noise in the OR. The Nova blanket is easy to apply and to keep on a patient. The controller unit is intuitive and simple to operate. Nova banks a patient’s heat before surgery and maintains normothermia throughout the surgical process. The Nova blanket doesn’t emit excess heat, so patients stay warm while clinicians remain cool during surgery. Nova was designed with both the caregiver and patient in mind. Upper and lower body products are available.

For more information, visit www.encompassgroup.com.

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