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 Provides Patient Positioning Insights

The recent OR Today webinar “Fowler’s, Prone, Supine: Patient Positioning in the Operating Room” presented by Michelle Lemmons, RN, BNS, PHN, was sponsored by Key Surgical and eligible for (1) CE credit. OR Today has been approved and is licensed to be a Continuing Education Provider with the California Board of Registered Nurses, License #16623.

Lemmons, an OR clinical educator, provided an overview, specifics, guideline recommendations and risks of the supine, prone and Fowler’s positions. Positioning patients for surgical procedures in the operating room is a complex and multifaceted duty. While mostly determined by the procedure needs, the case, surgeon, time it is vital that patient-specific information be accounted for during these cases. Lemmons detailed general considerations for surgical positioning, re-visited the published guideline recommendations and discussed risks and prevention of risks for the supine, prone and Fowler’s positions. Injury prevention and emergency preparation are some of the best tools to help patients have successful surgical outcomes.

Attendees provided positive feedback regarding the webinar in a survey in which they were asked were also asked to comment on the overall webinar series.

“Presenter was excellent and presented relevant information for end-users to do/consider when positioning patients to prevent injuries,” Manager Acute Consultant K. Murphy said.

“This was phenomenal! The best OR Today webinar I’ve attended. The connections made for the preoperative interview and the positioning assessment,” Perioperative Education Program Coordinator J. Kim shared via the survey.

“I really appreciate the opportunity to learn new, or validate existing, knowledge through OR Today’s webinars! The speakers are easy to understand and relate to, and info is always up-to-date and appropriate for various experience levels,” said K. Avello, RN.

More than 5,000 registrations have been booked for OR Today webinars in 2020 with more sessions scheduled. For more information, visit the Webinars page.



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