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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NO COINCIDENCE: PRESSURE ULCER PREVENTION DAY IN PERIOPERATIVE NURSE WEEK

Monday, October 30, 2017 10:54:34 AM America/New_York

November is a month for recognition and for thanks. As highlighted in an earlier blog post, this month our nation honors its many family caregivers.  Then, every November since 1919, we mark the end of the “Great War” with Veterans Day. (Usually observed on November 11th, Veteran’s day happens to fall on a Saturday; the federal holiday will be observed on Friday the 10th.). And of course, November ends with Thanksgiving.  The event Americans call “the first Thanksgiving” was observed by the Pilgrims in 1621 following their first harvest in the New World. Read on...

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THIS MONTH, OUR NATION HONORS CAREGIVERS

Monday, October 30, 2017 10:44:11 AM America/New_York

It’s Thanksgiving season, and, for an increasing number of adult children, that means more than turkey and fixin’s. It’s the time, for many, to visit aging parents and to communicate directly with those parents’ caregivers.

This year, the National Family Caregivers Month Sample proclamation for state and local governments reads as follows:
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Action's Akton® Polymer Gel Products Help OR Patients Avoid Injury

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 9:05:43 AM America/New_York

Top Takeaways offered in the new positioning guidelines by the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses focus on reducing “the effects of pressure, shear, and friction on healthy skin at increased risk for pressure injury.” 

AORN discusses four different positions in which patients are typically placed while undergoing surgery, identifying the unique dangers of each... Read on...

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Cushion Your Standard OR Peg Board Device

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 6:02:39 PM America/New_York

Surgical Teams using peg board devices have expressed similar pressure and shear force concerns. The need to protect their patients from damaging pressure injuries and shear forces is a top priority. Many surgical patients have benefited from the Action® pad, designed to cushion the standard peg board device. Read on...

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