Staying Positive During the Pandemic

The good news for patients in need of outpatient surgery is that, across the country, health care providers and policymakers have recognized that elective surgery is not the same thing as optional surgery and are allowing ASCs to remain open to provide this care.

Handling of Explanted Medical Devices Addressed in AORN’s Revised Guideline for Specimen Management

SP professionals must manage explants safely and properly any time a request is made to sterilize an explanted device, such a screw, hip, plate and so on, for return to the patient.

Disinfection Methods – Straightforward or Complicated?

With all the different cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing processes that go on inside of hospitals, I find disinfection to be the most complex and complicated among them.

Steam Sterilization Standard ST79 Receives Community-Driven Update

After three years, a widely used standard in health care and industry has undergone an important update.

OR Today Webinar Discusses Competency

Almost 200 people registered for the latest OR Today webinar. Webinar presenter Jim Stobinski, Director of Credentialing and Education at The Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI), discussed the issue of competency assessment in the OR setting. The webinar was sponsored by the CCI. Participants were eligible for 1 continuing education hour by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing.

The objectives of the webinar as outlined by Stobinski were:

• relate recent developments in the operating room environment regarding public perceptions and accountability;

• differentiate between competence and competency;

• examine the three components of competency; and

• identify one theoretical framework that can be used to examine competency and skill acquisition among health care professionals.

The 60-minute webinar addressed the issue of competency assessment in the OR setting. Stobinski compared and contrasted education and training for three professions working in the OR – Central Processing Professionals, Surgical Technologists and Perioperative Nurses.

Stobinski discussed the new reality in health care with an expanded knowledge base, more mobile nurses and an increased emphasis in building skill sets and credentials. Some other changes Stobinski discussed include a greater public awareness of what happens in operating rooms, an increased call for accountability from a variety of organizations (AAMI, CMS, The Joint Commission) and the pervasiveness of media access.

The presentation concluded with an informative Q&A session. Stobinski took time to give informative answers to questions submitted by webinar attendees.

Attendees shared positive reviews of the webinar in a post-webinar survey.

“This speaker provided a comprehensive review of the driving forces behind increased requirements for competency assessment,” Linda G. wrote in her survey.

“Today’s webinar on competency was very interesting. All surgical nurses need to think about their overall role in providing patient care,” Nancy C. shared.

“This was a great way to explain certification and the role it plays in assessing competency,” Sherry W. wrote in her survey.

Participants, and those interested in this topic, can download a whitepaper and more information at

Webinar sponsor CCI is a leader in credentialing, nursing competency assessment, and education for the perioperative nursing community. CCI has developed and maintained the CNOR, CSSM, CRNFA, and CNS-CP credentials for more than 35 years. The organization currently certifies more than 33,950 nurses. CCI supports these credentialing programs with a suite of publications, exam preparation resources, certificate programs and CE offerings, including those being offered at the OR Today Live! Surgical Conference ( Visit to learn more about CCI.

For a recording of this webinar and information about upcoming webinars, visit




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