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May 2021 Issue


This May issue includes a CE article on recommendations from the AORN “Guideline for environmental cleaning” for cleaning procedures and cleaning of operating and procedure rooms; and a CE article on managing specimens according to applicable regulations, guidelines, and facility policies and procedures. The Clinical Issues column explores surgical technologists inserting urinary catheters, assisting the anesthesia professionals with cricoid pressure, and perioperative care of the patient with a corn food allergy.

Featured CE Articles

1. Guidelines in Practice: Environmental Cleaning

All perioperative personnel are responsible for providing a clean environment for patients undergoing operative or other invasive procedures. The AORN “Guideline for environmental cleaning” provides guidance on cleaning product selection, cleaning procedures, personnel education, competency verification, and monitoring cleanliness through performance improvement processes. This article discusses guideline recommendations for cleaning procedures and cleaning of operating and procedure rooms. A scenario describes how an ambulatory surgery center team identifies gaps in cleaning processes and modifies the cleaning checklist to improve these processes.

2. Back to Basics 2.0: Specimen Management

Specimen management is a complex multidisciplinary process that requires planning, clear team communication, and awareness that it is an error-prone process. Errors in specimen collection and handling can lead to patient injury and harm; reducing the risk of a specimen error therefore is an important patient safety concern. All perioperative team members should be detail-oriented and communicate effectively when managing specimens according to applicable regulations, guidelines, and facility policies and procedures.

Clinical Issues

Clinical Issues—May 2021

This month’s Q&A column addresses the following topics:
  • Surgical technologists inserting urinary catheters
  • Assisting the anesthesia professionals with cricoid pressure
  • Perioperative care of the patient with a corn food allergy

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