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October 2016 Issue
Special Focus: Technology
This October issue includes featured CE articles on totally endoscopic robotic mitral valve surgery, how patients’ body art can affect the perioperative process, and a Clinical Issues column addressing wearing nail polish and rings in the OR and preventing dry skin as a result of hand hygiene. The special focus this month is on technology, featuring articles on big data and perioperative nursing, achieving cost reduction through data analytics, and an editorial on radio-frequency identification in the perioperative setting.
Featured CE Articles
Totally Endoscopic Robotic Mitral Valve Surgery
Mitral valve dysfunction can seriously impair patients’ lives and may require valve repair or replacement. The totally endoscopic robotic technique has been facilitated by minimally invasive surgical techniques, the evolution of endoscopic techniques, and the development of surgical robots. This article describes the totally endoscopic robotic approach to mitral valve surgery as performed at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Body Art and the Perioperative Process
Perioperative nurses must learn more about body art to provide nonjudgmental, nonprejudicial care and to ensure patient safety when they prepare patients for surgery. A welcoming environment engages patients and fosters communication so that patients are more likely to share hidden body art. It is also necessary for the preoperative nurse to communicate with the perioperative team about patients’ body art to avoid airway complications, tissue trauma, pressure ulcers, burns, postoperative surgical site infections, or distorted fluoroscopy or magnetic resonance images.
Clinical Issues - October 2016
This month’s Q&A column addresses the following topics: wearing nail polish and rings in the OR and preventing dry skin resulting from hand hygiene.