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July 2016 Issue
This July issue includes featured CE content on preoperative care of children, implementing the recommendations from the guideline for preventing retained surgical items, and best practices for sharps safety. In addition, this month’s Clinical Issues column examines wearing ring dosimeters, reporting a retained surgical item, the definition of an implant, determining whether RN first assistants must maintain CNOR certification to practice, and the definition of personal protective equipment.
Featured CE Articles
Preoperative Care of Children: Strategies from a Child Life Perspective
Knowledge of normal child development and age-appropriate diversional activities are necessary to implement an effective surgical preparation program. This age-appropriate preparation can help facilitate a positive medical experience that can reduce anxiety and affect the child’s and his or her family’s view of future medical encounters.
Back to Basics: Sharps Safety
Perioperative team members who handle sharp devices or equipment are at risk for sharps injuries. Because sharps injuries can expose individuals to potentially infectious diseases, safety practices should be followed at all times. This article provides guidance on the steps that can be followed to minimize risk of a sharps injury.
Guideline Implementation: Preventing Retained Surgical Items
The updated AORN "Guideline for Prevention of Retained Surgical Items" provides guidance for implementing a consistent, multidisciplinary approach to retained surgical item prevention; accounting for surgical items; preventing retention of device fragments; reconciling count discrepancies; and using adjunct technologies to supplement manual count procedures. This article focuses on key points of the guideline to help perioperative personnel provide optimal care during a procedure.
Clinical Issues - July 2016
This month’s Q&A column addresses the following topics: wearing ring dosimeters, reporting a retained surgical item, the definition of an implant, determining whether RN first assistants must maintain CNOR certification to practice, and the definition of personal protective equipment.