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AORN Journal

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Stay up-to-date with the latest in evidence-based, clinical best practices through the award-winning, peer-reviewed AORN Journal. Available in timely, easy-to-read print, electronic, and mobile formats.

May 2016 Issue

This May issue includes featured content on the effects of surgical hand scrubbing protocols on skin integrity and SSI rates, ideas and approaches for quality assessment and performance improvement projects in ASCs, a Back to Basics article on processing flexible endoscopes, a Guideline Implementation article on moderate sedation/analgesia, and more!

CE Articles

  1. Back to Basics: Flexible Endoscope Processing
  2. Guideline Implementation: Moderate Sedation/Analgesia
  3. Clinical Issues: variations in documenting surgical wound classification, wearing long-sleeved jackets while preparing and packaging items for sterilization, endoscopic transmission of prions, and wearing gloves when handling flexible endoscopes.

Featured Content

  1. Surgical Hand Scrubbing Protocols
  2. Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement Projects in ASCs
  3. Alarm Management: Promoting Safety and Establishing Guidelines

June 2016 Issue Preview

Next month's issue will feature special post-Surgical Conference & Expo 2016 content, including highlights, awards, and poster winners!

AORN Journal Writers Contest Award Winners

The AORN Journal Writers Contest Awards recognize authors of the highest-quality AORN Journal articles. All articles published in the Journal in 2015 were eligible. Winning articles were chosen based on points awarded by Journal editors and Editorial Board members. Congratulations to our winners and honorable mentions!

The AORN Journal Writers Contest winners are:

  • “Cardiac Risk Assessment: Decreasing Postoperative Complications” by Joanne L. Thanavaro, DNP, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, DCC, FAANP (February)
  • “The Nature and Hazards of Diathermy Plumes: A Review” by Catherine Lindsey, BN, RN; Marie Hutchinson, PhD, Grad Dip HA, MSc, RN, RM; and Gary Mellor, PhD, RN (April)
  • “The Bariatric Patient: An Overview of Perioperative Care” by Jennifer L. Fencl, DNP, RN, CNS-BC, CNOR; Angela Walsh, MA, BSN, RN, CNOR; and Dawn Vocke, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR (August)


Honorable mention goes to:

  • “Computer Simulation Shows the Effect of Communication on Day of Surgery Patient Flow” by Kevin Taaffe, PhD; Lawrence Fredendall, PhD; Nathan Huynh, PhD; and Jennifer Franklin, MSN, NE-BC, CPAN (July)
  • “Pressure Mapping Comparison of Four OR Surfaces” by Holly Kirkland-Walsh, MSN, FNP, CWCN; Oleg Teleten, MS, RN, CWCN; Machelle Wilson, PhD; and Bonnie Raingruber, PhD, RN (July)

AORN Journal CE Articles

Stay Current, Meet Requirements, Earn CEs

Searching for quality education? Preparing for recertification? AORN Journal  Continuing Education (CE) articles feature a variety of perioperative topics, from sterilization and guideline implementation to prevention of sentinel events and infection prevention, as well as online evaluations with immediate test results!

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