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March 2017 Issue
Special Focus Issue: Healthy Nurse Strategies
This March issue includes featured CE articles on adequately cleaning and processing surgical instruments before sterilization and successfully implementing the electrosurgery-related recommendations from the AORN “Guideline for safe use of energy-generating devices.” In addition, the Clinical Issues column addresses using flexible endoscopes for gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures, processing flexible duodenoscopes, flushing flexible endoscope lumens, and using chlorine dioxide wipes for non-channeled flexible endoscopes.
Featured CE Articles
Back to Basics: Instrument Cleaning
Adequately cleaning and processing surgical instruments can be challenging for perioperative team members; however, the cleaning and processing of instruments are critical steps in rendering instruments safe to use on patient and achieving an appropriately safe OR environment. This Back to Basics article covers the basic steps and considerations for cleaning and processing instruments before sterilization.
Guideline Implementation: Energy-Generating Devices, Part 1 –Electrosurgery
The AORN “Guideline for safe use of energy-generating devices” provides guidance on use and maintenance of devices that deliver energy in the forms of radio-frequency waves, ultrasound, or lasers. This article focuses on key points of the guideline, which address precautions specific to electrosurgical units, patients with implanted electronic devices, and minimally invasive surgery and documentation of energy-generating device use.
Clinical Issues - March 2017
This month’s Q&A column addresses the following topics: using flexible endoscopes for gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures, enhanced methods for processing flexible duodenoscopes, flushing flexible endoscope lumens with alcohol, modifying the Spaulding Classification, and using chlorine dioxide wipes for non-channeled flexible endoscopes.