AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice

Standardize Your Practice to Make Surgery Safer

AORN’s Guidelines for Perioperative Practice provide evidence-based recommendations to deliver safe perioperative patient care and achieve workplace safety.

All perioperative professionals can use the guidelines to standardize their practice and keep patients safe. They are published annually with updated recommendations - and can be accessed in multiple formats.

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Guideline Topics

Guideline Topics

The guidelines help you improve patient safety in these five areas:

  1. Aseptic Practice
  2. Equipment and Product Safety
  3. Patient and Worker Safety
  4. Patient Care
  5. Sterilization and Disinfection

Learn how to expand your perioperative knowledge by exploring all five guideline topics.

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Put the Guidelines Into Practice

Put the Guidelines Into Practice

A number of tools - called Guideline Essentials - also are available to help your entire team effectively implement the guidelines, including:

  • Implementation roadmap
  • Guideline-at-a-glance
  • Key takeaways
  • FAQs
  • Case studies
  • Webinars
  • And other clinical resources

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Rely on Evidence-Based Standards

Why is evidence-based important?

Evidence rating assures that clinical decisions are based on the latest available research and understanding of safe patient care. Evidence-based practices are an expectation of patients, health care providers and administrators, and regulatory agencies.

The evidence ratings and tables used to create the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice are available for download.

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Be Survey Ready

Many state health organizations and other accreditation bodies refer to AORN’s Guidelines for Perioperative Practice in annual surveys. They’re also the only evidence-based guidelines for perioperative nurses approved by the National Guideline Clearinghouse.

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How an AORN Guideline is Created

Have you ever wondered how AORN’s Guidelines for Perioperative Practice are created?

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How an AORN guideline is created