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What’s on the Horizon for HDO Sterilization Guidance?

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This 60-minute webinar will feature Angie O’Connor, RN, BS, Director of Clinical Resources at the Encompass Group. Join Angie as she discusses the evolving outpatient surgical population, describes the continuing prevalence of hypothermia and reviews typical warming methods, as well as discussing ways to combine active and passive warming to achieve optimal outcomes.

Attendees will learn:
1. How cutaneous heat loss contributes to hypothermia.
2. AORN and ASPAN recommendations for preoperative warming.
3. An understanding of the role of Early Recovery after Surgery and patient warming.
4. An understanding of the role of the perioperative team in maintaining normothermia.

About the Presenter: Angie O’Connor, RN, BS, Director of Clinical Resources, joined the Encompass Group team in February, 2013. She began her clinical career in the periop arena at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, South Bend, IN. Over a period of 9 years she specialized in orthopedic and cardiothoracic surgery, ultimately becoming the manager of an ambulatory surgery center in Denver, Colorado. Angie spent 7 years with Kinetic Concepts Inc., San Antonio, TX as a Clinical Consultant, Field Sales Trainer and Account Executive. She transitioned back to the periop arena as a Strategic Account Executive for AORN, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses in Denver, Colorado in 2010. Angie brings skills in periop nursing, medical device sales, field sales training and consulting. She has an RN Diploma from Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan and a Bachelor’s of Science from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Angie resides in Denver, Colorado.

 *MD Publishing takes every precaution to ensure accuracy of content; however, the information, opinions, and statements expressed in the webinars and advertisements herein are those of the writer and/or advertiser, and not those of our company. 

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This 60-minute webinar will feature Angie O’Connor, RN, BS, Director of Clinical Resources at the Encompass Group. Join Angie as she discusses the evolving outpatient surgical population, describes the continuing prevalence of hypothermia and reviews typical warming methods, as well as discussing ways to combine active and passive warming to achieve optimal outcomes.

Attendees will learn:
1. How cutaneous heat loss contributes to hypothermia.
2. AORN and ASPAN recommendations for preoperative warming.
3. An understanding of the role of Early Recovery after Surgery and patient warming.
4. An understanding of the role of the perioperative team in maintaining normothermia.

About the Presenter: Angie O’Connor, RN, BS, Director of Clinical Resources, joined the Encompass Group team in February, 2013. She began her clinical career in the periop arena at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, South Bend, IN. Over a period of 9 years she specialized in orthopedic and cardiothoracic surgery, ultimately becoming the manager of an ambulatory surgery center in Denver, Colorado. Angie spent 7 years with Kinetic Concepts Inc., San Antonio, TX as a Clinical Consultant, Field Sales Trainer and Account Executive. She transitioned back to the periop arena as a Strategic Account Executive for AORN, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses in Denver, Colorado in 2010. Angie brings skills in periop nursing, medical device sales, field sales training and consulting. She has an RN Diploma from Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan and a Bachelor’s of Science from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Angie resides in Denver, Colorado.

 *MD Publishing takes every precaution to ensure accuracy of content; however, the information, opinions, and statements expressed in the webinars and advertisements herein are those of the writer and/or advertiser, and not those of our company. 

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