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Whether you're preparing for recertification, renewing your license, or just want to stay current, the AORN Journal Continuing Education (CE) articles address a variety of perioperative topics. From Guidelines implementation to perioperative safe practices, stay up-to-date and improve your own practice every day.

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September 2017 Issue


This September issue includes a featured CE article on understanding how to use pneumatic tourniquets effectively and safely to provide the best possible care to patients; and another featured CE article on safely positioning the patient in the supine and prone positions, using prophylactic dressings, and neurophysiological monitoring. In addition, the Clinical Issues column addresses performing Staphylococcus aureus decolonization, hand hygiene before donning gloves and before skin prep, and scrubbing.

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Back to Basics: Pneumatic Tourniquet Use

Pneumatic tourniquets are commonly used in surgeries involving the limbs to achieve a nearly bloodless surgery and an optimal operating field or when administering regional anesthesia during surgery on a limb. It is important for perioperative team members to understand how to use pneumatic tourniquets effectively and safely to provide the best possible care to patients. This article addresses the safety risks to patients when using pneumatic tourniquets and optimal safe use of these devices.

Guideline Implementation: Positioning the Patient

The updated AORN “Guideline for positioning the patient” provides guidance on injury prevention practices for all surgical positions including supine, Trendelenburg, reverse Trendelenburg, lateral, lithotomy, prone, and sitting positions and modifications of these positions. This article focuses on the key points of the guideline covering the use of prophylactic dressings, neurophysiological monitoring, and safely positioning the patient in the supine and prone positions.

Clinical Issues—September 2017

This month’s Q&A column addresses the following topics: performing Staphylococcus aureus decolonization for urgent procedures, hand hygiene before donning gloves, hand hygiene before skin prep, and scrubbing by stroke versus timed method.

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