EMBRACE ACTION – SQUEEZE!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 3:07:33 PM America/New_York

“In the rat race of success, in the hectic routine and lifestyle, stress is a common factor that plagues all. Be it at home, work, or during travel, stress simply seems to follow you everywhere,” is the all-too-true comment on the ePainAssist.com website. Read on...

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Eliminate Wrapping the Fracture Hip Post

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 11:05:23 AM America/New_York

We are all aware of  the variety of factors that impact the degree of risk for injury related to positioning a patient on a fracture table plate. The primary reason for placing a patient in a specific surgical position is to allow the surgeon to best access the operative site. The anesthesia and the type and length of the surgical procedure is always a consideration, as well as the patient’s overall health factors and conditions. Read on...

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IF IT GOES ON YOUR BED, IT DOESN’T BELONG IN THE O.R.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 9:08:27 AM America/New_York

“Most positioning injuries are caused by mechanisms involving compression or stretching, according to the 2017 AORN Guideline for Positioning the Patient*.  “Positioning patients is one of the most important tasks performed by perioperative personnel.” The goals of patient positioning, the Guidelines explain--- Read on...

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AT ACTION PRODUCTS, ARM GUARDS BY ANY OTHER NAME CAN DO THE JOB

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 7:47:45 AM America/New_York

“You say to-may-to and I say to-mah-to, you say po-tay-to and I say po-tah-to,” Ella Fitzgerald sings. Here at Action Products, we’re reminded of that song because of the confusion about what OR devices used to support patients’ arms should be called. Unlike Fitzgerald, however, we’re not suggesting “Let’s call the whole thing off” – We simply want to clarify the terminology.

The 2017 AORN Guidelines for Positioning the Patient* (Be sure to ask the head of education at your facility for a copy) mentions that “The patient’s arms should be tucked at the sides with a draw sheet (See Recommendation IX.b.1) or secured at the sides with arm guards. Tucking or securing the patient’s arms at the sides reduces the potential for patient injury. Extending the patient’s arms on arm boards can lead to excessive abduction of the arms and cause a brachial neuropathy when the patient slides caudally”. Read on...

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SIX MONTH REMINDER – HAVE YOU IMPLEMENTED THE 2017 AORN GUIDELINES?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8:04:34 AM America/New_York

We get busy. We forget. But not really – it’s only that protocol and procedures in the OR are so much a part of our daily routines. And is there anything really new about the newest guidelines for perioperative practice* issued just six months ago by AORN?  Read on...

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