EMBRACING ACTION BY IMPROVING O.R. TEAM COMMUNICATION

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 9:57:17 AM America/New_York

“Perioperative nursing faces a workplace crisis,” begins a January 2016 paper in the AORN Journal, noting that too few perioperative nurses entering the workforce to replace those who will soon reach retirement age. The cost of orienting perioperative nurses is high, the authors point out, and first-year turnover rates are also high. To address these issues, nursing leaders at Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing and nursing leaders at Theda Clark Medical Center in Wisconsin partnered with local medical centers to form a clinical immersion program for senior baccalaureate nursing students that could help fill the pipeline.

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Slide Prevention on the Surgery Table

Monday, April 9, 2018 12:18:21 PM America/New_York

“Perioperative team members should implement measures to prevent patients from sliding on the OR bed (in Steep Trendelenberg),” the revised AORN Guidelines stress, specifically mentioning viscoelastic gel overlays (Page E31, X.f.1).

“Adequate patient positioning must avoid skin, peripheral nerve, and muscles injuries, and ocular and cognitive complications mainly related to Steep Trendelenburg positioning in pelvic procedures,” sciencedirect.com cautions. Read on...

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VISCOELASTIC GEL OVERLAY OUTPERFORMS FOAM

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 8:28:47 AM America/New_York

Why all the fuss about viscoelasticity? What, really, is that property of materials used in the prevention of pressure injury in the OR? Read on...

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EMBRACE ACTION: THINK POSITIONING WITH PROPER SIZING

Monday, March 19, 2018 9:57:15 AM America/New_York

At Action Products, we feel honored to have our products “embraced” on the cover of the March issue of the AORN Journal (see knee and head supports). In fact, for perioperative nurses, a big part of “embracing action” involves proper patient positioning on the surgical table, and a big part of proper positioning involves selecting the right size positioning product for each patient. (For head support alone, we offer 12 different sizes!)  Read on...

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ONCE CORNERSTONE STANDARDS ARE MET, IT’S ABOUT THE MONEY

Thursday, February 22, 2018 2:58:47 PM America/New_York

The four cornerstone standards embodied in the AORN-approved Guideline for Medical Device and Product Evaluation – patient safety, perioperative team safety, patient outcomes, and product quality – serve as a guide for evaluating FDA cleared medical devices and products for use in the operating room.  Read on...

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