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May 2017 Issue
This May issue includes featured CE articles on the principles of sterile technique, an essential patient safety practice that reduces the risk of microbial transmission to patients during surgery, and successfully implementing the recommendations from the AORN “Guideline for surgical smoke safety.” In addition, the Clinical Issues column addresses minimally invasive surgery procedures and room layouts, magnetic resonance imaging safety zones, and robot-assisted surgery competencies.
Featured CE Articles
Back to Basics: Sterile Technique
Sterile technique is an essential patient safety principle that reduces the risk of microbial transmission to patients during surgery. The ability to establish and maintain a sterile environment is an important skill for all perioperative team members. Understanding the principles of sterile technique is crucial for anyone entering the perioperative environment. This Back to Basics article reviews sterile technique and the importance of all perioperative team members adhering to aseptic principles.
Guideline Implementation: Surgical Smoke Safety
The new AORN “Guideline for surgical smoke safety” provides guidance on surgical smoke management. This article focuses on key points of the guideline to help perioperative personnel promote smoke-free work environments; evacuate surgical smoke; and develop education programs and competency verification tools, policies and procedures, and quality improvement initiatives related to controlling surgical smoke.
Clinical Issues - May 2017
This month’s Q&A column addresses the following topics: standardized room layouts for minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in a hybrid OR, measuring fluids during MIS procedures, magnetic resonance imaging safety zones, and robot-assisted surgery competencies.