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.

Webinar Addresses OR Smoke

The OR Today webinar series continues. Brenda Ulmer presented “CSI – Smoke: Is The OR The Scene Of A Crime?” on March 21 to about 100 attendees and more have viewed a recording of the webinar online. Attendees were eligible for one continuing education (CE) hour by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing.

Ulmer, RN, MN, CNOR, is a perioperative nurse educator. The webinar asked, what is a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)? Because of the popularity of television shows such as CSI, the public is shown how forensic evidence is used to solve crimes in a scientific and systematic manner. Forensic evidence is routinely used in health care. It seems, therefore, reasonable, and potentially beneficial, to apply the same scientific methods to surgical and invasive procedures to establish the health of the environment – or lack thereof – in which health care professionals practice. In spite of ongoing efforts, there are those who still question the necessity of removing and filtering surgical smoke. This session followed the scientific evidence that documents surgical smoke as a health hazard and made recommendations to assist perioperative personnel in the adoption and implementation of establishing a safe work environment for all health care professionals who practice in settings where operative and invasive procedures are performed.

Attendees gave the webinar and the webinar series positive reviews via a post-webinar survey.

“OR Today’s webinar series presents relevant topics that impact our operating rooms across the country,” said J. Emerick, Clinical Instructor Educator.

“I really enjoyed the presentation topic and the presenters experience. We are trying to get our OR to be smoke free,” said R. Hance, RN Quality & Safety.

“The webinar was very informative and reminded us all of what we need to do to continue to take care of ourselves while working in the OR. An OR nurse usually is in a job for many years and this just helps remind us all of the potential risks we take every day,” said G. Schilthuis, Clinical Director.

“I am an old-school nurse when we did not use any evacuation. Today, I hear my peers from way back when clearing their throat and coughing. This was an excellent education experience,” said T. Fuchs, Director of Surgical Services.

“Excellent webinar! I learned a lot of new information and am motivated to implement some changes in my OR to prevent smoke exposure,” said M. Cabral, OR RN.

“The resources provided in this webinar will assist our perioperative Best Practice Committee in establishing AIRN’s Go Clear Program in our OR. Thanks to Brenda and her webinar for being the springboard,” said M. Corriveau, OR RN.

“Awesome webinar! Very informative and excited to share with staff the information that was provided today! Thank you for bringing this to light to make the ORs a safer place to work,” said A. Henke, RN Team Lead CNOR.

“The webinar was very informative and helpful in driving organizations into a OR smoke free facility,” said A. Dayucos, Perioperative CNS.

“This presentation was presented in a manner to capture your attention. Love the CSI team theme. As an infection prevention nurse, I am approached by the OR staff who are concerned most often by the Human Papilloma Virus and possible exposure. It is very enlightening to know that there are so many other chemicals and toxins that may affect their health as well. Thank you for all of your work to protect the OR associates,” said J. Joynes, RN Infection Preventionist.

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