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.

Instrument Storage and Transport Market Growth Expected

 The surgical instrument storage and transport market is expected to mirror the overall surgery market and experience continued growth in coming years.

Surgical instruments are specially designed tools or devices for performing specific actions or carrying out desired effects during a surgery or operation, such as modifying biological tissue or to provide access for viewing it.

A press release from iHealthcareAnalyst Inc. states that the global market for surgical instruments will reach $15 billion by 2027, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.9% over the forecast period, driven by advanced technologies such as smart instruments with integrated sensors.

Other factors driving market growth include an increasing number of surgical procedures, growing elderly population and high demand for minimally invasive procedures globally, according to the release.

Allied Market Research states that the surgical equipment market growth can be attributed to the surge in prevalence of chronic disorders amongst geriatric population, increase in number of surgical procedures, and surge in demand for technologically advanced surgical procedures such as minimally invasive surgeries and laparoscopic surgeries. However, uncertainty in reimbursements and lack of trained professionals restrict the market growth.

The global surgical equipment market was valued at $31.7 billion in 2019 and is estimated to reach $44.4 billion by 2027, according to Allied Market Research.

Grand View Research is another firm that expects the global surgical market to continue to see growth in the coming years.

“The global surgical equipment market size was valued at $9.32 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.8% from 2021 to 2028,” according to Grand View Research. “Large unmet surgical needs, growing health care costs, rising geriatric population and increasing surgical volume are the key factors projected to drive the market growth during the forecast period. The long-term cost comparison study of medicine therapy with surgery revealed that early surgery is considered more cost-effective as compared to continuous medication. Patient awareness about the cost benefits of early surgical intervention is increasing with efficient patient counseling during physician visits.”

In addition, with the growing burden of health care expenditure in many countries, the product demand is expected to increase over the forecast period, according to Grand View Research. The growing geriatric population across the globe is one of the key factors expected to propel market growth. According to the CDC, around 60% of all surgical procedures were performed on people aged 45 years and above.

“As per the United Nations 2019 report, around 16% of the total world population will be aged 65 years and above by 2050. Poor health care coverage over surgeries, shortage of surgical workforce, and low accessibility to surgical need in the low-middle income countries are anticipated to restrain the market growth to some extent. It is estimated that 9 out of 10 people living in low-middle income countries do not have access to affordable and safe surgical care when needed,” Grand View Research adds. 



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