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.

Healthmark Industries Acquires McGan Technology, LLC

Healthmark IndustriesHealthmark has announced the acquisition of McGan Technology LLC that takes effect immediately.

McGan Technology LLC has been an industry leader offering insulation testing device designed to electrically test electrosurgical instruments. The low-frequency high voltage McGan Insulation Testers are used to detect and locate defects such as pinholes, cracks, and bare spots in the jacket or coating of laparoscopic and bipolar electrosurgical instruments.

They are handheld, portable units that test the insulation integrity of electrosurgical equipment for flaws in protective coatings applied over conductive instrument surfaces to prevent inadvertent tissue burns, which may occur during electrosurgical instrument procedures.

Manufactured with a rechargeable battery, the McGan Insulation Tester maintains applied test voltage with a constant current source, features full test current at low voltages, limited output current for operational safety, and easy-to-read LED Indicators, as well as an LED display of alarm and battery charge.

Healthmark looks forward to expanding the global distribution of the McGan Insulation Testing Devices to help eliminate incidents involving electric shock due to inadequate surgical device insulation.

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