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.

SSI Presentation Delivers Valuable Content

The recent OR Today webinar “Do You Have Skin in the Game? The High Stakes of SSIs” was sponsored by 3M Health Care. Anna Cypert, BSN, RN, a clinical specialist with 3M Infection Prevention Division, presented valuable information every perioperative professional can use.

Cypert discussed how patient preparation is fundamental to the prevention of surgical site infections by examining the CDC’s conceptual formula for SSI risk in relation to patient and process variables.

Cypert has been a nurse for over 20 years. She began her nursing career as a LVN, then an RN; going on to earn a BSN from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Prior to working for 3M, Cypert worked for the Memorial Hermann Hospital System in Houston, Texas. At Memorial Hermann, she provided direct care to patients in an acute-care setting. She is working toward a CIC (Infection Prevention Certification) focusing on nurse-to-nurse/clinician education committed to reducing the risks of surgical site infections and promoting positive and measurable clinical outcomes.

Approximately 150 people attended the live webinar which is now available for viewing online. The presentation received positive reviews in a post-webinar survey and a 4.1 ranking on a 5-point scale.

“This was my first OR Today webinar and I found it very informative. I now have some great topics to take back to my SSI task force team,” said M. Love, Surgical Clinical Quality Reviewer.

“Love the evidence-based practice information to provide the best care to our patients. Learning about the nasal, skin and oral prepping has been invaluable,” said OR Supervisor M. Van Winkle.

“For those who missed ‘Do you have skin in the game,’ they really missed out! What an outstanding presentation! I would love to attend it again because there was so much valuable information,” said B. Holder, QI/IC Officer.

“This is the second webinar that I have listened in on. They are very eye opening and provide so much great information. Keeping up with all the new information is great for keeping up with the fast-paced world of medicine. The more you know the more helpful you can be,” explained S. LaMuro, Infection Preventionist.

“OR Today’s webinar was beneficial for anyone trying to make a difference in patient lives,” said A. Pojero, Infection Prevention Manager.

“This was a great webinar, very interesting. It’s a topic that we probably all think we know very well, but I would say even the most seasoned nurses would have very good information to take away,” said B. Byrd, Clinical Educator Surgical Services.

“This was a very informative webinar. This was the first time I have seen such an in-depth comparison of the different pre-surgical preps, and felt it will be very useful in practice. I understand now why the different preps have different uses,” said J. Marr, Unit Educator OR.

“Loved the SSI risk formula as a visual representation of cutting in half the dose of bacteria and the important mention of outpatients where there is an uncontrolled home environment,” shared H. Eason, Quality/Risk Manager.

The OR Today webinar series as a whole also received praise.

“I really enjoy the webinars that OR Today offers. Always informative and well done,” said D. Walker, Clinical Specialist.

“OR Today webinars offer an excellent medium to stay abreast of current events needing attention in the OR,” said E. Anderson, RN.

“OR Today’s webinars clearly convey the intended message to the audience in an easy to follow way, providing useful information that can be applied to daily perioperative practice,” said S. Faw, CNOR/Circulating Nurse.

“I have listened to several of OR Today’s webinars and they all are subject matters that have an effect on our practice as perioperative nurses,” said S. Holland, Assistant Director Surgical Services.

“OR Today’s webinars are a great way to learn new insights for optimal patient care in the operating room. They also offer follow-up information if one would like to gain more information or resources to enhance their knowledge of webinar topics,” said K. Gruchow, Perioperative Educator.




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