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Hot Topics On-Demand Library

Timely, relevant education presented recently in Hot Topic Virtual Forums are now available on-demand. Listen to a wide range of top-of-mind clinical discussions and Q&As led by nurse authors of the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice and industry experts.


Building Confidence in Wound Closure

Surgical wound closure is a critical factor in preventing surgical site infection (SSI) and optimal healing. Advanced wound closure techniques and devices can replace traditional methods to help reduce time in the operating room, promote wound healing, and increase patient satisfaction during recovery.

Objectives:

  • Describe the wound healing process.
  • Identify factors that interfere with wound healing.
  • Discuss advanced wound closure techniques and devices to promote efficiency during the procedure, optimize wound healing, and enhance the patient experience.

Presenters:
Amber Wood, MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC, FAPIC, AORN Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist
Rachel Ghoens, Zip Brand Manager, Stryker

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Achieve a Smoke-Free OR: Partner with a Surgeon Champion

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While the hazards of exposure to surgical smoke in the operating room are well documented, barriers to consistent use of smoke evacuation technologies exist. This virtual event will feature Dr. Lisa Hunsicker, a champion for surgical smoke evacuation, who will discuss her role in advocating for smoke-free ORs in her facility and in the legislature. Strategies for overcoming resistance to surgical smoke evacuation and tips for empowering and partnering with a surgeon champion will be shared.

Objectives:

  • Outline barriers to the implementation of surgical smoke evacuation in healthcare facilities.
  • Describe approaches to promote surgeon and team engagement with smoke evacuation.
  • Discuss strategies for implementing smoke evacuation technologies in healthcare facilities.

Presenters:
Lisa Hunsicker, MD

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Splatters & Splashes: Protection in the OR

Splatters and splashes in the operating room expose staff to blood and body fluids and place the perioperative team at risk for transmission of bloodborne pathogens. While the risk of exposure can never be completely eliminated, leveraging certain technologies and practices helps safeguard team members from exposure. Additionally, improving how OR teams use personal protective equipment in conjunction with sterile technique can also prevent surgical site infections. Learn more about methods to reduce staff and patient risks, and hear questions asked during the live Q&A with experts.

Objectives:

  • Review sources of splashes and splatters in the OR and how to prevent pathogen exposure.
  • Understand proper selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • List interventions using PPE and sterile technique that may prevent surgical site infections.

Presenters:
Amber Wood, MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC, FAPIC, AORN Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist
John Guyeskey, Manager, Downstream Marketing, Stryker

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Team Communication Approach to Surgical Smoke Safety

Challenges persist in many facilities when it comes to implementing safe surgical smoke practices and ensuring compliance – a foundational element in our perioperative culture of safety.

There are solutions you and your team can use to make meaningful change through collaboration and mutual respect.

Objectives:

  • Explain surgical smoke hazards and perceived barriers to surgical smoke safety.
  • Describe strategies to promote a safety culture and a smoke-free perioperative environment.
  • Discuss how to implement newer technologies for smoke evacuation in healthcare facilities.

Presenters:
Emily Jones, MSN, RN, CNOR, NPD-BC – AORN Perioperative Practice Specialist
Melissa Fischer, MSN, RN – Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Companies, IQVIA

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Legislative and Society Guideline Updates for Surgical Smoke Evacuation: Empowering Nurses to Advocate for Smoke-Free ORs

Advocacy for surgical smoke evacuation is growing as an increasing number of states have passed legislation requiring surgical smoke evacuation in the OR. Hear the latest updates on current legislation and AORN guidelines regarding smoke evacuation and understand how you can get involved, champion for smoke evacuation legislation, and make a difference in your own facility.

Presenters:
Emily Jones, MSN, RN, CNOR, NPD-BC – AORN Perioperative Practice Specialist
Jennifer Pennock, AORN Associate Director of Government Affairs

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Nasal Decolonization: Who Nose the New Guideline Best?

Protocols for nasal decolonization prior to surgical procedures vary by institution, and the newly updated AORN Guideline for Preoperative Skin Antisepsis will assist healthcare professionals with navigating risk-based decisions for developing preoperative decolonization programs at their facilities. Test your understanding of nasal decolonization’s role in SSI prevention and learn more about how to improve outcomes for surgical patients through decolonization programs. 

Presenters:
Karen deKay, MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC, Perioperative Practice Specialist, AORN
Deva Rea, MPH, BSN, RN, CIC, Clinical Science Liaison – Ohio, PDI
Marc-Oliver Wright, MT (ASCP), MS, CIC, FAPIC, Clinical Science Liaison – Central, PDI

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How Infection Prevention is Shifting in the ASC

Part 1

Prioritizing Infection Prevention in the Ambulatory Surgery Center 

Learn current developments in ASC infection prevention protocols and processes to support your surgical team’s ongoing pandemic risk management.

You’ll also be better prepared for new procedures moving to the ambulatory setting and upcoming surveys by: identifying the most important areas to focus on; reviewing best practices for processing instruments and devices to prevent outbreaks; and knowing updated infection control measures related to COVID-19.

Presenters:
Jackie Daley, (HBSc Microbiology and Immunology), MLT, CIC, CSPDS, FAPIC
Senior Manager, Infection Prevention
St. Joseph Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, CA

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1 CH available upon completion of the course and evaluation.

This program is approved for up to 1.0 hours of AEUs and up to 1.0 hours of IPCHs by BASC Provider # 0102. The content area for AEU is Quality Management and the content area for IPCH is Infection Prevention Strategies.

To obtain Contact Hours/AEUs or to provide comments, please log in to the Learning Center at My AORN to complete the evaluation at the close of the event. Accreditation and Disclaimer

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Fit Testing Your Respirators in ASCs

Learn how to ensure your respirator equipment fits, protects, and meets regulatory requirements. Find out how to best implement an ASC-specific respirator program to ensure proper mask use. One size does not fit all, and a one-time fitting isn’t enough.

Presenters:
Lisa Berus, MSN, MEd, RN, CASSPT, CNAMB, CAIP®
Director, Clinical Education, Surgical Care Affiliates
Stacy Richardson, IHT, CRSP, BSc
Senior Health and Safety Application Professional
Personal Safety Division, 3M

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1 CH available.

This program is approved for up to 1.0 hours of AEUs and up to 1.0 hours of IPCHs by BASC Provider # 0102. The content area for AEU is Regulatory and Legal Issues and the content area for IPCH is Infection Prevention Education and Training.

To obtain Contact Hours/AEUs or to provide comments, please log in to the Learning Center at My AORN to complete the evaluation at the close of the event. Accreditation and Disclaimer 

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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

This program is approved for up to 1.5 hours of AEUs and up to 1.5 hours of IPCHs by BASC Provider # 0102. The content area for AEUs is Quality Management and the content area for IPCHs is Infection Prevention Strategies.

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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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. Also review a business case to better understand the health economics story behind single-use endoscope utilization.

Complete the online evaluation to earn 0.83 CH. Accreditation and Disclaimer

This program is approved for up to 1.5 hours of AEUs and up to 1.5 hours of IPCHs by BASC Provider # 0102. The content area for AEUs is Quality Management and the content area for IPCHs is Infection Prevention Strategies.

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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Respiratory Protection

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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