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Keeping surgical patients safe is the top concern of perioperative nurses. Each month, join AORN’s periop-specific podcast, Periop Talk, for Q&As with AORN Guideline for Perioperative Practice nurse authors and discussions with industry thought leaders to interviews with frontline OR nurses, we strive to make surgery safer by discussing today’s top perioperative topics.

Periop Talk Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

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Keeping surgical patients safe is the top concern of perioperative nurses. Each month, join AORN’s periop-specific podcast, Periop Talk, for Q&As with AORN Guideline for Perioperative Practice nurse authors and discussions with industry thought leaders to interviews with frontline OR nurses, we strive to make surgery safer by discussing today’s top perioperative topics.

    High-Level Disinfection Guideline Update

    High-Level Disinfection Guideline Update

    In this episode of Periop Talk AORN gives a sneak preview into the new High-Level Disinfection Guideline and how these key changes will impact your daily practice. Perioperative nurses play a vital role in the disinfection process:
    Enhanced communication: Ensuring seamless handoff of devices to decontamination with details about pre-treatment and device condition.Verification before disinfection: Introducing a crucial step - cleaning verification testing with magnification and the use of borescopes for a deeper look.The importance of drying: We'll explore new research highlighting the importance of thorough drying for all lumens of instruments and scopes before storage.Perioperative nurses are key players in upholding aseptic technique and ensuring patient safety throughout the surgical journey. Their role in high-level disinfection contributes significantly to preventing infections and promoting positive patient outcomes.
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    Beginning again: Lessons in transitioning from expert to novice nurse

    Beginning again: Lessons in transitioning from expert to novice nurse

    The opportunity to start fresh in a different department is a gift. Once you are there, take advantage of everything and everyone. Staff are designated to help teach you the art and science of their practice, so be physically, mentally, and emotionally present to absorb every bit of it. Understand that there are many ways to accomplish the same task and be open to a new way. Keep the best of what you learn and add it to your toolbox. Start to build your own practice with the help of others. Remember that every unit is full of various personalities and styles. They each contribute to the uniqueness of the department and should enhance, rather than inhibit, your growth. Sidebar 1 provides tips for transitioning from an expert to a novice nurse.
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    New Environment of Care Guidelines for 2024

    New Environment of Care Guidelines for 2024

    This updated Guideline for Safe Environment of Care provides new and revised recommendations on developing fire safety plans, performing fire risk assessments, fire safety training, establishing latex safety programs and chemical safety plans, among others. The purpose of this guideline is to maintain a safe environment of care for perioperative patients and personnel and prevent injuries or harm by mitigating the risks associated with all the topics covered within this guideline. This episode of Periop Talk features guideline author Renae Wright, perioperative practice specialist at AORN, and Lisa Spruce, sr. director of evidence based perioperative practice at AORN.

    Get the 2024 Guideline book: AORN | Order 2024 Guidelines for Perioperative Practice

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    How to build trust with your new hire

    How to build trust with your new hire

    At the foundation of any clinical relationship is trust: trust between clinicians and patients, trust among the interprofessional team members, and trust between a new hire and the preceptor. Building a trusting relationship between the new hire and preceptor takes time, but there are some things that a preceptor can do to develop the trusting relationship.

    Be Explicit About Expectations
    Expectations within nursing practice are often divided into two buckets: the written competency-based activities and the unwritten rules of practice. Quite different from nursing school curriculum, where grades are generated on very specific evaluation criteria, the OR requires new hires to integrate into the culture of daily practice that varies among services and surgeons. The idea that the same procedure can differ due to a surgeon’s preference for instruments is a concept with which new hires struggle.

    Create Opportunities for Clinical Experiences
    One of the most challenging aspects of precepting is entrusting clinical care to the new hire. Preceptors often find themselves in close proximity of the new hire because they cannot relinquish control of patient care, which presents challenges when the new hire is nearing the completion of the orientation period. Additionally, preceptors question whether or not the new hire is competent to practice independently and, therefore, can be entrusted with patient care.

    Form an Environment of Feedback
    New hires require feedback from their preceptors to correct behaviors and grow professionally. The preceptor should establish the frequency and format of feedback delivery, such as by summarizing feedback at the end of each shift, taking time to emphasize what went well and what needs improvement.

    Create a Psychologically Safe Environment
    Psychological safety, according to Edmundson and Lei, is the “perceptions of consequences of taking interpersonal risks in a particular context such as a workplace.”3 Psychological safety occurs when the orientee can anticipate how the preceptor gives feedback, responds to questions, and acts as a backup when the team asks specific questions regarding the procedure or care of the patient. Providing a structure for how feedback will be given and inviting the orientee to give feedback about the preceptor’s style of teaching can help create a psychologically safe environment, as can encouraging the orientee to ask questions in a place where others will not overhear the questions and make judgments about the orientee’s knowledge level. Another way for the preceptor to foster psychological safety is to stay close by the orientee, especially early in the orientation period, to help answer questions that team members may ask.

    Take a look at written rules versus unwritten rules, action steps to develop clinical experiences, and download a feedback form at: https://www.aorn.org/the-stitch/article/building-trust-with-your-new-hire

    There's more Periop Talk at: https://www.aorn.org/about-aorn/aorn-newsroom/periop-talk

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    New Design and Maintenance Guidelines

    New Design and Maintenance Guidelines

    The physical design of the surgical suite should support safe patient care, efficient movement of patients and supplies, and workplace safety and security. The surgical suite includes the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative patient care areas and support areas, including central and satellite sterile processing areas, administrative areas, waiting areas, and staff areas. In this episode of Periop Talk Lisa Spruce, sr. director of evidence based perioperative practice at AORN, and Erin Kyle, editor-in-chief, guidelines for perioperative practice at AORN. give periop nurses a preview of the Design and Maintenance Guidelines changes and talk about why they are so important. 
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    The dangers of surgical smoke and how AORN aims to Go Clear™ in the OR

    The dangers of surgical smoke and how AORN aims to Go Clear™ in the OR

    Surgical smoke is the by-product of using energy-generating devices (e.g., electrosurgery units, powered surgical instruments), and it is full of carcinogenic and mutagenic cells. AORN speaks with Scott Hantz, a firefighter and perioperative director of nursing at the Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, about the dangers of surgical smoke and how the AORN Center of Excellence in Surgical Safety: Smoke Evacuation program and Go Clear Award is making the OR a safer, healthier place to work. 
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Must listen for OR nurses

Love this podcast! A great one to listen to if you’re a scrub tech or OR nurse. Good info!

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