Eliminate Wrapping the Fracture Hip Post

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 11:05:23 AM America/New_York

We are all aware of  the variety of factors that impact the degree of risk for injury related to positioning a patient on a fracture table plate. The primary reason for placing a patient in a specific surgical position is to allow the surgeon to best access the operative site. The anesthesia and the type and length of the surgical procedure is always a consideration, as well as the patient’s overall health factors and conditions. Read on...

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IF IT GOES ON YOUR BED, IT DOESN’T BELONG IN THE O.R.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 9:08:27 AM America/New_York

“Most positioning injuries are caused by mechanisms involving compression or stretching, according to the 2017 AORN Guideline for Positioning the Patient*.  “Positioning patients is one of the most important tasks performed by perioperative personnel.” The goals of patient positioning, the Guidelines explain--- Read on...

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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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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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