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  • Anesthetic Equipment

    Questions and answers regarding care and cleaning of anesthesia equipment.

  • AONE Nursing Informatics Executive Leader
  • Attire

    Questions and answers regarding the proper staff member attire for the perioperative environment. 

  • Bloodborne Diseases Position Statement
  • CDC Single Use Single Dose Vials

    1 ENDORSEMENT OF THE CDC'S POSITION STATEMENT ON SINGLE‐DOSE/SINGLE‐USE VIALS May 2012 The organizations listed below endorse the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) position statement on Single‐Dose/Single‐Use Vials, as issued on April 27, 2012, and posted on the CDC's website. The dangers of reuse of s

  • Cleaning Endoscopes

    Questions and answers regarding the care and cleaning of flexible endoscopes.  

  • Clinical FAQs

    Answers to your clinical question categorized by the AORN Recommended Practices.    

  • Counts/Retained Surgical Items

    Questions and answers regarding counting of surgical instruments, soft goods, and sharps employed to reduce the incidence of retained surgical items.

  • Criteria for the Evaluation of Clinical Nurse Specialist Master's, Practice Doctorate and Post-Graduate Certificate Educational Programs

    Page 1 Criteria for the Evaluation of Clinical Nurse Specialist Master’s, Practice Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate Educational Programs Prepared by the Validation Panel of The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists December 19, 2011 Revisions of the December 30, 2009 Final Draft of the Writers Grou

  • Disaster Response

    Questions and answers regarding steps to take to after a disaster has shut down the OR.

  • Documentation

    Questions and answers on perioperative documentation including a Surgical Wound Classification Decision Tree

  • Environment of Care

    Questions and answers covering the perioperative environment including HVAC, warming cabinets, fire safety, and other items in the environment.

  • Environmental Cleaning

    Questions and answers covering the cleaning of the perioperative environment including turnover cleaning and terminal cleaning.

  • Ergonomically Healthy Workplace Practices Position Statement
  • Hand Antisepsis

    Questions and answers on hand washing and preoperative surgical scrubbing. 

  • ImmediateUseSteamSterilization

    Immediate-Use Steam Sterilization 1Immediate-Use Steam Sterilization“Flash sterilization” has traditionally been used to describe steam sterilization cycles where unwrapped medical instruments are subjected to an abbreviated steam exposure time and then used promptly after cycle completion without being stored. This is

  • Informatics

    Questions related to informatics in the perioperative practice setting

  • LACE document

    Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education July 7, 2008 Completed through the work of the APRN Consensus Work Group & the National Council of State Boards of Nursing APRN Advisory Committee APRN Joint Dialogue Group Report, July 7, 2008 The APRN Consensus Work Group and the

  • Medication Management

    Questions on medication safety in the perioperative practice setting including proper labeling.

  • Moderate Sedation

    Questions and answers covering medierate/conscious sedation in the perioperative setting including labeling and propohol. 


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  • Patient Skin Antisepsis

    Questions and answers regarding the preoperative skin preperation for surgical patients.

  • Position Statements

    AORN position statements articulate the Association's official position or belief about certain perioperative nursing-related topics.

    AORN invites members to comment on the AORN Position Statement on Care of the Older Adult in the Perioperative Settings until August 11, 2014.

  • PosStat Allied Providers

    POSITION STATEMENT Allied Health Care Providers and Support Personnel in the Perioperative Practice Setting POSITION STATEMENT The perioperative RN is accountable for patient outcomes resulting from the nursing care provided during the perioperative experience.1 To ensure that patients receive the highest quality and

  • PosStat Entry into Practice

    POSITION STATEMENT Entry into Practice AORN believes there should be one level for entry into nursing practice. AORN believes the minimal preparation for future entry into the practice of nursing should be the baccalaureate degree. Original approved by the House of Delegates, St. Louis, March 1979 Reaffirmed by the Boa

  • PosStat Env of Safety

    POSITION STATEMENT Creating a Practice Environment of Safety POSITION STATEMENT AORN believes a culture of safety includes effective communication, individual accountability, a just culture, and a learning culture. AORN recognizes that significant patient safety accomplishments require the presence of a strong safety c

  • PosStat Learning

    POSITION STATEMENT Value of Clinical Learning Activities in the Perioperative Setting in Undergraduate Nursing Curricula PREAMBLE AORN advocates for the inclusion of learning activities in the perioperative setting in all undergraduate professional nursing curricula. The perioperative setting is a prime area where the

  • PosStat Mentoring

    POSITION STATEMENT Responsibility for Mentoring PREAMBLE The specialty of perioperative nursing is practiced within a setting characterized by rapidly changing technology as well as economic and cultural forces that require continuous adaptation. To meet the needs of this demanding environment, perioperative registered

  • PosStat Older Adult

    POSITION STATEMENT Care of the Older Adult in Perioperative Settings POSITION STATEMENT Perioperative registered nurses should recognize the physiological, cognitive/psychological, and sociological changes associated with aging and understand that age alone puts older adults at risk for complications. 1. Perioperative 

  • PosStat Orientation

    POSITION STATEMENT Orientation of the Registered Nurse and Certified Surgical Technologist to the Perioperative Setting POSITION STATEMENT 1. AORN believes there are certain basic components that must be incorporated into the orientation of perioperative registered nurses (RNs) and certified surgical technologists (CST

  • PosStat Pt Safety

    POSITION STATEMENT Patient Safety POSITION STATEMENT AORN believes that  every patient has the right to receive the highest quality of perioperative nursing care in every surgical or invasive procedure setting;  all health care providers must collaborate and strive to create an environment of patient safety; and  ev

  • PosStat Work Env

    POSITION STATEMENT Key Components of a Healthy Perioperative Work Environment PREAMBLE A healthy perioperative work environment can be defined as a practice setting that is safe, healing, humane, and respectful of the rights, responsibilities, needs, and contributions of all members of the perioperative team. 1 Members

  • PosStat Wrong Site

    POSITION STATEMENT Preventing Wrong-Patient, Wrong-Site, Wrong-Procedure Events POSITION STATEMENT  AORN is dedicated to the promotion of safe, optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures.  AORN recognizes the need to implement standardized processes developed by safety, regulator

  • Product Selection
    Questions and answers regarding the product selection process
  • Radiologic Exposure

    Questions and answers regarding staff and patient exposure to radiation.

  • Recommended Practices Implementation

    Explore various resources intended to help you implement the AORN Recommended Practices in your facility.

  • Retained Surgical Items

    Foreign bodies that are unintentionally left in patients after surgery can cause harm to surgical patients. Proactive risk strategies are required to prevent and reduce the occurrence of unintended retained surgical items (RSI) events for every patient undergoing an operative or other invasive procedure.

  • Safe Work On-Call Practices Position Statement
  • Sentinel Events

    Administrators, perioperative directors, managers, RNs, and other interested health care professionals are encouraged to use these best practices resources and implement proactive risk strategies to prevent and reduce the incidence of sentinel events for every patient undergoing operative and other invasive procedures.

  • Sharps Safety

    Questions and answers about Sharps Safety.

  • Sharps Safety Checklist OSHA AORN Alliance
  • Sterile Technique

    Questions related to maintaining a sterile field  and asceptic technique in the perioperative practice setting. 

  • Sterilization

    Questions and answers covering storage of sterile supplies, decontamination and sterilization processes for the perioperative enviroment. 

  • Surgical Smoke and Bio-Aerosols Position Statement
  • Tool Kits

    Tool Kits address critical patient safety issues and help perioperative professionals implement evidence-based practices. With each tool kit, you will get a wealth of resources including customizable policies and procedures, education slideshows, videos, posters, guides, and references.

  • Transmissible Infections

    Do observers in the OR have to meet immunization requirements?   Answer   Yes, observers of operative or other invasive procedures (eg, students, visiting physicians) should be immunized according to the health care organization's policy for healthcare personnel.  Resources Wood

  • Unplanned Perioperative Hypothermia

    Questions and answers covering processes for preventing hypothermia in the perioperative practice setting.

  • Workplace Safety Position Statement
  • Wrong Site Surgery

    Preventing Wrong-Patient, Wrong-Site, Wrong-Procedure events requires proactive measures. Take action now to prevent and reduce these sentinel events from occurring.

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