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September 2019 Issue
Special Issue: Nursing Certification
This September issue includes a CE article on surgical specimen management, including specimen identification, labeling, collection, handling, transferring, containing, and transporting; and a CE article on reporting and managing disrespectful behaviors in the workplace, such as bullying. The Clinical Issues column explores emerging pathogen awareness, preventing transmission of an emerging pathogen, and facial hair and respiratory protection.
Featured CE Articles
Surgical Specimen Management in the Preanalytic Phase
Errors related to surgical specimen management can lead to a variety of negative consequences for patients and personnel. The overall management process for surgical specimens requires a multifaceted, multidisciplinary, standardized method that includes specimen identification, labeling, collection, handling, transferring, containing, and transporting. To help ensure effective surgical specimen management, effective communication among care team members is imperative, along with a culture of safety that focuses on the minimization of distractions and an increased awareness of opportunities for errors.
Back to Basics: Preventing Workplace Bullying
Inappropriate workplace behavior such as bullying can negatively affect patient safety and staff member satisfaction. Perioperative team members should use direct and meaningful communication to encourage and contribute to healthy work environments that address conflict and promote patient safety. They should follow applicable zero-tolerance policies on bullying and report disrespectful behaviors to leaders. When disrespectful behaviors are reported and managed appropriately, bullying in the workplace can be minimized or even eliminated, which improves the overall workplace culture.
September 2019 Clinical Issues
This month’s Q&A column addresses the following topics:
- Emerging pathogen awareness
- Preventing transmission of an emerging pathogen
- Facial hair and respiratory protection