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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ACTION PRODUCTS DESIGNED TO GIVE PRESSURE INJURIES “THE BUMP”

Monday, September 25, 2017 3:54:34 PM America/New_York

“Any time a person has surgery, they are at risk for a pressure injury from the equipment, the team, and their own internal risk factors,” Drs. Debra Fawcett and Ann Tescher pointed out in a recent NPUAP webinar. “It is the responsibility of the OR team to protect the patient through proper use of equipment, knowledge of the position, and clear understanding of where the pressure may develop,” the presenters caution. Read on...

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ACTION’S AKTON® POLYMER HELPS O.R. PATIENTS STAY PUT

Monday, September 11, 2017 3:49:52 PM America/New_York

Top Takeaways offered by the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) 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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JACHO is not just for the OR

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 12:23:00 PM America/New_York

JACHO, which stands for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, is not just for the O.R. At latest count, the independent, not-for-profit organization, which is headquartered in Oakbrook, Illinois, accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Read on...

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