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.

“Start Warm Stay Warm” Webinar Delivers Valuable Information

The recent OR Today webinar “Start Warm Stay Warm: Every Minute Counts” presented by Angie O’Connor, RN, BS, director of clinical resources at the Encompass Group, reviewed the evolving outpatient surgical population, described the continuing prevalence of hypothermia and reviewed typical warming methods, as well as discussed ways to combine active and passive warming to achieve optimal outcomes.

Attendees who attended the Encompass Group-sponsored webinar had the opportunity to learn how cutaneous heat loss contributes to hypothermia along with AORN and ASPAN recommendations for preoperative warming. Attendees also achieved an understanding of the role of early recovery after surgery and patient warming. An understanding of the role of the perioperative team in maintaining normothermia was also discussed.

The session, which attracted over 100 attendees, received positive feedback via a post-webinar survey.

“One of the best webinars I’ve attended. I work in the OR and most of what Angie went over we’re already implementing in our facility. I hate to see patients exposed when I go over to pre-op area. I usually give my patients a blanket or two and tell them that I’m pre-warming them before we head out to the OR. You did mention that there’s a cost attached to re-processing these blankets, but I don’t think it’s as much as when they had complications from hypothermia,” said C. Anonuevo, RN.

“I love OR Today’s webinars! They are great,” shared A. Lyons, director of surgery access.

“Excellent presentation of the facts! Really gave me a deeper understanding of the subject and how I can apply what I have learned. Anxious to share much of the information with my co-workers,” said C. Schrom, RN, materials manager.

“As an educator for surgical services, which includes not only OR but PACU, holding, and discharge areas, it is important for me to help each of these areas in keeping our patients warm from start to finish. This webinar had some good ideas and interesting facts about how to keep patients warm, as well as evidence to back up the standards,” said D. Cleaves, surgical services education coordinator.

“This was great! Up-to-date information, very relevant to my practice, and easy to follow. I will definitely be sharing this around work,” said E. Pressnalle, PACU RN.

“This program was excellent! It was very well organized with data and resources to back up the recommendations. The presenter was very knowledgeable and engaging to listen to,” said S. Rickley, director of quality services.

“A very informative webinar. It gave us something to think about in regards to keeping patients warm throughout their stay at our surgery center. We will consider many of the suggestions,” said M. Gavilanez, RN.

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