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Hot Topic Virtual Forums

For timely, relevant education focused on top-of-mind clinical issues, AORN presents Hot Topic Virtual Forums. The 60- to 90-minute live discussions and Q&As are led by nurse authors of the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice and industry experts.

Your entire team will learn the latest perioperative updates on topics such as:

  • Surgical Smoke Evacuation During COVID-19
  • Adding a New ASC Service Line
  • Enhancing Patient and Worker Safety Through Communication
  • Outpatient Joint Replacement
  • Respiratory Protection Best Practices
  • OR Efficiency and Waste Reduction

These events are intended for nurses and healthcare staff working in a patient care facility. Registration is not open to consultants and industry representatives.



Upcoming Hot Topics

Respiratory Protection

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Jan. 15, 2021  

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As new evidence surfaces about how COVID-19 spreads, respiratory protection is top-of-mind for frontline healthcare workers. Hear the latest on AORN’s recommendations for sterile technique and transmission-based precautions related to respiratory protection. You’ll also learn new information on reusable respirators. Speakers will cover:

  • PAPRs and N95s – the developing evidence around their use
  • Hoods and how they differ from PAPRs
  • How newer reusable respiratory products compare to disposables
  • Plus, experts will answer your questions live

Presenters
Julie Cahn, DNP, RN, CNOR, RN-BC, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, AORN Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist
Jon Imms, CleanSpace Technology, Global Technical & Product Director

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The Endoscopy Evolution: From Reusable to Single-Use

Part 1
Understand how endoscope technology, processing, and reprocessing have evolved in Part 1 of this series. Attendees will learn the latest technology and clinical advancements, key studies that highlight processing failures, and the shortcomings of reprocessing. Plus, there will be a live Q&A with our presenters at the end of the event.

By attending the live virtual session and completing the online evaluation you may earn 0.83 Contact Hour. Accreditation and Disclaimer

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Feb. 17, 2021  

Part 2
In Part 2 of this series, dive into a discussion around endoscope-related outbreaks and infections, a case study focused on infection prevention, and the FDA’s involvement in endoscope processing recommendations. We’ll also review a business case to better understand the health economics story behind single-use endoscope utilization.

By attending the live virtual session and completing the online evaluation you may earn 0.83 Contact Hour. Accreditation and Disclaimer

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Feb. 24, 2021

Presenters
Erin Kyle, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, Editor in Chief, AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice
Russ Montgomery PhD, Ambu, Director of Health Economics and Market Access
Patrick Hurley PhD, Ambu, Director of Marketing – GI
Christian Escobar, Ambu, Director of Marketing – Visualization
Jens Kemp, Ambu, VP Marketing

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OR Efficiency: Less Waste, More Green

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Opportunities and processes exist to improve patient safety, enhance the coordination of care, reduce cost – all while minimizing delays and waste in the OR. Find out how to identify and maximize these crucial opportunities at this Hot Topic Virtual Forum. Attendees will review the correlation between perioperative efficiency and patient safety, as well as the team’s role in conserving resources and contributing to environmental responsibility. Plus, ask the panel of presenters your pertinent questions in a live Q&A.

Presenters
Erin Kyle, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, Editor in Chief, AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice
John Raab, Owens & Minor National Director, Perioperative Service
Vicky Lyle, Owens & Minor Vice President, Industry Associations

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Relevant Resources

AORN Position Statement on Patient Safety

AORN Position Statement on Environmental Responsibility

IHI Value Management, Waste, and Flow

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Surgical Smoke Evacuation in the Time of COVID-19 

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Evidence has shown hazardous chemicals, ultra-fine particles, viruses, bacteria, and cancer cells are present in surgical smoke. That’s why experts recommend surgical smoke evacuation as a first line of defense whenever surgical smoke is produced, especially during COVID-19. Learn more about smoke evacuation, how filters work, and recommendations for surgical teams in this Hot Topic.  

Presenters
Emily Jones, MSN, RN, CNOR, NPD-BC, AORN Perioperative Practice Specialist
Jennifer Pennock, MS, AORN Senior Manager of Government Affairs
Will Riseley, Medtronic U.S. Commercial Marketing Manager, Surgical Innovations
Paul Hrenchir, Medtronic Principal R&D Engineer, Mechanical Hardware Systems

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Management of Surgical Smoke Tool Kit

AORN COVID-19 Support

Stay Updated on the Surgical Smoke Evacuation Bills AORN Tracks Throughout the Year

Go Clear Award Program

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Outpatient Joint Replacement in the ASC

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With total joint replacements projected to migrate exponentially to the ASC for patient benefits, and hospital volume projections nearing a plateau to avoid potential exposure to hospitalized COVID-19 patients, orthopedic surgeons and ASC owners are now, more than ever, looking for the best patient care solutions for outpatient environments. This presentation will give you key insights as to how surgeons can benefit from the ASC environment, what they will need to know if they are considering the ASC solution and how to make the transition as seamless as possible.

Presenter
Dr. Joseph Nessler, MD

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Custom Solutions for Ambulatory Surgery Centers Brochure

ASC Solutions with Stryker

Stryker ASC Virtual Tour

ASC Administrator Training Course – Virtual Live

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Safety in the OR: Journey to Zero Harm

Part 1 – The Role of Team Communication 

Team communication is the common denominator in most safety events - from minor deficiencies to sentinel events. Learn how to use recommendations from the Guideline on Team Communication to create a safe staff and patient environment – and avoid common missteps and serious consequences stemming from poor communication. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to ask pertinent questions in the live Q&A with the panel of presenters.

Presenters
Lisa Spruce, DNP, CNOR, CNS-CP, FAAN, AORN Director of Evidence-Based Perioperative Practice
Pat Moesta, Stryker Brand Manager, Smoke Evacuation
Katie Hollerbach, Stryker Brand Manager, Neptune 

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Part 2 – Tools and Strategies for Effective Team Communication 

Safety of the periop team and patients in the OR depends on strong team communication. But we still stumble over how to execute proven processes in our day-to-day practice. Join us for insights and leave with practical and proven tools for enhancing OR team communication and reducing deficiencies and sentinel events.

Presenters
Lisa Spruce, DNP, CNOR, CNS-CP, FAAN, AORN Director of Evidence-Based Perioperative Practice
Erin Vanboglen, Stryker Brand Manager, Invuity
Andrea Zornman, Stryker Brand Manager, SurgiCount

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Relevant Resources

AORN Guideline for Team Communication

Team Stepps

Ariadne Labs, Surgical Checklist Implementation Guide

Stryker OR Solutions

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ASCs: Adding New Service Lines – Are You Really Prepared?

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As we’ve learned from investment strategies, it’s good to be diversified. If your ASC is a single-specialty center, such as ophthalmology or pain management, or even if you do a few different specialties, there are circumstances that may be negatively affecting the revenue stream. Your governing body wants to add a new service line. Where do you begin? This presentation will walk you through the many steps that you must take in order to accurately determine if this is the right thing to do.

Presenter
Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR(E), CASC®, Chief Nursing Officer, Surgical Information Systems

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Relevant Resources

ASC Administrator Training Course – Virtual Live

Preoperative Care in the ASC

Postoperative Care in the ASC

ASC Infection Prevention Online Course

Safe Administration of Moderate Sedation

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The Science Behind N95 Decontamination

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Details COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an international shortage of new filtering facepiece respirators (ex: N95). This Hot Topic addresses the risks, precautions, and science behind decontaminating N95 masks – and how the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice address the issue. Find out how the FDA prompted development of the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System™ in 2015 as part of a study to determine how to safely fill the gap in the national supply chain of critical PPE – and learn what else is on the horizon in decontamination strategies.

Presenters
Erin Kyle, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, Editor in Chief, AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice
John D. Clay, PhD, PMP, Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System™ (CCDS) Research Lead

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Relevant Resources

AORN COVID-19 Tool Kit

AORN COVID-19 FAQs

AORN eGuidelines+

FDA - Emergency Use Authorizations

CDC - Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators using Contingency and Crisis Capacity Strategies

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