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Purchase the latest perioperative nursing resources or shop for unique gifts at AORN’s on-site: Congress Bookstore

Purchase the latest perioperative nursing resources or shop for unique gifts at AORN’s on-site: Congress Bookstore Saturday, April 2, to Thursday, April 7, 2005 Congress attendees can visit AORN’s Perioperative Bookstore in the Resource Pavilion located in Hall B of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, to review and purchase the latest perioperative […]

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Regulation of surgical smoke plume

Regulation of surgical smoke plume Candace L. Romig AORN and the AORN Foundation sponsored the second surgical smoke conference at AORN Headquarters on Feb 7, 1997. This meeting of health care industry representatives, government regulatory officials, and industry leaders discussed the safe use of electrosurgical units (ESUs) and resulting surgical smoke in settings where surgical […]

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Incident reports—their purpose and scope

Incident reports—their purpose and scope – Home Study Program Debra Dunn Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on incident reports. Part II, which is scheduled for the August 2003 issue of the AORN Journal will discuss correction processes and how to reduce errors. Horrible headlines in the mass media about medical […]

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Communicating with Your Patients: Skills for Building Rapport

Communicating with Your Patients: Skills for Building Rapport Patricia A. Nunemaker Communicating with Your Patients: Skills for Building Rapport Christine A. Hinz 2000, 80 pp $39 paperback Although this book is written primarily for physicians, other health care providers and students will benefit from studying the material. The text can easily be read in one […]

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Research agency assesses total artificial heart implantation

Research agency assesses total artificial heart implantation A March 28, 2003, news release from ECRI indicates that total artificial hearts (TAH) could benefit thousands of people in the United States if they are proven safe and effective. More than 10,000 people experience advanced left and right ventricular heart failure in the United States each year. […]

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A healthy retirement

A healthy retirement Earl Goldberg Financing the golden years is not the only component of a successful retirement. Physical and mental health, as well as staying connected to family and society, are of primary concern. (1) The majority of older Americans are relatively healthy, but not all are involved in activities around them. Many are […]

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Ethics in perioperative practice—duty to foster an ethical environment

Ethics in perioperative practice—duty to foster an ethical environment Patricia C. Seifert Perioperative nurses often find ethical decisions difficult to make, but necessary when caring for surgical patients in practice. Perioperative nurses need to be able to recognize ethical dilemmas and take appropriate action as warranted. They are responsible for nursing decisions that are not […]

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Inadvertent Hypothermia In The Or

Inadvertent Hypothermia In The Or – operating room Kenley Arndt The article “Inadvertent hypothermia in the OR” is the basis for this AORN Journal independent study. The behavioral objectives and examination for this program were prepared by Jeanne F. Hately, RN, MSN, CNOR, clinical editor, with consultation from Eileen Ullmann, RN, MHS, CNOR, professional education […]

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Dual return electrodes; electrosurgical fires; fluid biohazards; cleaning with alcohol; free-flowing oxygen

Dual return electrodes; electrosurgical fires; fluid biohazards; cleaning with alcohol; free-flowing oxygen – Clinical Issues Ramona Conner Question: Our electrosurgicel unit (ESU) sales representative recently gave us adopters for attaching two ESU dispersive pads simultaneously to the same ESU. We were informed that this would allow easier flow of current and reduce the number of […]

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A successful nursing student practicum in an ambulatory surgery center

A successful nursing student practicum in an ambulatory surgery center Linda M. Sigsby Perioperative nurses are retiring in greater numbers than ever, and the relative lack of perioperative experiences for students in nursing programs may limit the number of new graduates who will choose to pursue a career in this specialty. (1) Perioperative nursing staff […]