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ORNurseLink - A PeriOperative Community

ORNurseLink is an online community from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) that provides operating room professionals a place to connect with each other and exchange helpful resources, ideas, and practices.

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    In our facility, updates and changes in the preference cards go through the service resource RN for approval then it goes to our Preference Card Coordinator (RN) who in return updates the preference cards.

    Some of our service resource RNs do have direct computer access to update their service specific preference cards.

    Our ST's and RNs work collabo...
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    Hi! Barbara,

    Our staff who have given 30 years of service or longer are not rotated to off-shifts, do not work weekends, holidays nor assigned calls. They have the option to take calls if they want to.
    This is a departmental "perk" only.
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    Our facility (academic) does not use an RN for case scheduling. We have three staff schedulers (non-RNs) who are available to clinic schedulers.

    The clinic schedulers (surgeon staff) call the OR schedulers when they are ready to book their cases. The clinic schedulers give the "procedure mnemonics" to the OR schedulers. By the same token, the OR sche...
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    I don't think this is a law or this should be the law. it is more of a common practice among the ORs. It is more of easy visual access to pertinent patient information.

    Our room whiteboard includes: patient's name, ht., wt., allergy, blood availability and the usual items used: laps, raytecs, peanuts, cautery tips, scratch pads, needles (atraumatics/f...
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    We have an instrument count sheet and we have a count board for all other countable items. We don't save the count sheet as part of our medical record. We have electronic charting where we document the results of our instruments, sponges, sharps, etc counts.

    I hope this helps you.
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    Does your hospital save count sheets? Are they part of the permanent medical record? We are looking at our counting policy and question if we should save count sheets. Thanks