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Public Comment:

The AORN Recommended Practices for Autologous Tissue Management is open for public comment from Wednesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 31. 

These recommended practices provide guidance to perioperative personnel for managing autologous tissue in the perioperative setting, including guidance for managing avulsed teeth, cranial bone flaps, parathyroid glands, skin, veins, and dropped autografts. Guidelines are provided for packaging and labeling, transporting and storing, and delayed replantation or autotransplantion of autologous tissue within the same facility.

The AORN Recommended Practices for Care of the Patient Receiving Local Anesthesia is open for public comment from Tuesday, August 26 through Tuesday, September 23. 

The proposed Recommended Practices for Care of the Patient Receiving Local Anesthesia are presented for review and comment. These recommended practices provide guidance for the perioperative registered nurse (RN) caring for the patient receiving local anesthesia by injection, infiltration, or topical application. This document includes guidance for patient assessment, patient monitoring, recognition and treatment of local anesthetic systemic toxicity (LAST), assessment for local anesthetic allergies, and documentation of patient care.

Learn how to offer your public comments through the Recommended Practice Public Commenting Guide (PDF).


New/Revised Recommended Practices:

Four recommended practices have been created or revised for 2014. They are now available through our online facility subscription and are published in the 2014 Standards and Recommended Practices print edition.

  • Recommended Practices for Sharps Safety

  • Recommended Practices for Care of Patients Undergoing Pneumatic Tourniquet-assisted Procedures

  • Recommended Practices for Environmental Cleaning

  • Recommended Practices for Selection and Use of Packaging Systems for Sterilization

These recommended practices have been evidence-rated using the AORN Evidence Rating Model.


AORN's Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices is an essential resource for both patient and worker safety where invasive procedures are performed. This new edition features:

  • Four new evidence-rated recommended practices

  • A new evidence rating model tailored for the scope of perioperative practice

  • Seven ambulatory supplements to recommended practices - customized content for ASCs

  • An easy-to-navigate layout with colored tabs, updated diagrams, and modernized tables to help you find the information you need faster

These new recommended practices are available in a variety of options to fit your needs – Book, Online facility subscription, CD, and as single chapters.

Below you will find related resources to help you implement each of the new recommended practices:

Sharps Safety

Care of Patients Undergoing Pneumatic Tourniquet-assisted Procedures

Environmental Cleaning

Selection and Use of Packaging Systems for Sterilization

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