Assessments Help Reduce Adverse Perioperative Outcomes

Monday, October 15, 2018 11:23:58 AM America/New_York

“All patients scheduled to undergo major noncardiac surgery should have an assessment of the risk of perioperative cardiovascular events, and most patients should be evaluated with a risk prediction model,” Drs. Steven  L. Cohn and Lee A. Fleisher write in UpToDate. “Identification of increased risk provides the patient (and surgeon) with information that helps them better understand the benefit-to-risk ratio of a procedure and may lead to interventions that decrease risk".

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Action Products Plays Role in Ambulatory Surgical Center Trend

Friday, September 21, 2018 11:11:48 AM America/New_York

“As the government and payers scrutinize costs and push the shift to value-based care, outpatient surgery is expected to see an overall 11 percent increase from 2017 to 2022,” Laura Dyrda writes in ASCOA (Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America). ASC surgical volume in 46 of the 50 largest markets in the U.S. grew 10 percent from 2015 to 2016, and “market factors are expected to continue pushing for growth.”

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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,” cautions. 

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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? 

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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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