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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WAYS ONE NURSE FOUND ACTION PRODUCTS OF PARTICULAR HELP IN BARIATRIC SURGERY

Friday, December 9, 2016 9:20:58 AM America/New_York

dentifying the challenges for nurses during procedures for patients undergoing bariatric surgery was the topic of the 7th Brazilian Congress on Perioperative Nursing Care. Difficulties regarding the physical aspects, material, and equipment necessary for bariatric surgery were named, including: 

  • Patients’ transfer, mobilization, and transport
  • Patient positioning
  • Absence of special materials and equipment

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ASSESSMENT HELPS PREVENT PRESSURE INJURIES IN OR

Friday, September 2, 2016 12:12:13 PM America/New_York

“Pressure ulcers are a common problem for patients, causing significant pain and additional costs,” a 2012 systematic review concluded. “It has been accepted,” the authors note, “that pressure ulcers are caused by 3 different tissue forces: pressure, shear force, and friction, all of which have an important role in the occurrence of surgery-related pressure ulcers.” 

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