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January 2017 Issue
This January issue includes featured CE articles on transoral robotic surgery, a Back to Basics guide to preventing perioperative pressure injuries, and a Clinical Issues column covering topics including jewelry removal when using electrosurgical devices, the use of electrosurgery when a cardiac implanted device is present, and staffing when a laser is used. This issue also includes AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2017 content, including selected Expo speaker interviews, the candidate biographies and election statements, and an update on the proposed bylaws changes.
Featured CE Articles
Transoral Robotic Surgery
Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) is a technique used to treat oral, throat, and skull base cancers using a minimally invasive robotic approach through the mouth and throat. This article discusses symptoms and risk factors of oral, throat, and skull base cancers; types of procedures that can be performed using the TORS approach; specialized instrumentation; patient selection; surgical advantages and disadvantages; patient benefits; and the role of the surgical team in preparing to intraoperatively care for the TORS patient.
Back to Basics: Perioperative Pressure Injuries
Perioperative patients are at risk for developing pressure injuries because they can experience intense or prolonged pressure during lengthy surgical procedures, may have increased pressure on bony prominences from positioning, are exposed to friction or shear during transfer to the OR bed and positioning, and often have significant comorbidities. This Back to Basics article examines the risk factors for pressure injuries in the perioperative patient population and discusses screening and prevention measures that can be implemented.
Clinical Issues - January 2017
This month’s Q&A column addresses the following topics: jewelry removal when using electrosurgical devices, the use of electrosurgery when a cardiac implanted device is present, and staffing when a laser is used.