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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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    We are currently working on a throughput project to create an accurate averaging system for surgical case lengths in our EPIC system.   Curious how other hospitals are measuring OR case length.  Do your schedulers frequently override estimated case times and why?  How often do your preference card builders review and update preference cards?
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    When performing Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasties and using the Hana Table, is it a recomended practice that two circulating nurses be present during the needed for necessary table operations and giving direct attention to the surgeon and the procedure and one for the other circulating responsibilites?
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    We are also revising the current policy and are looking for data direct us as well. We have not used cover coats in the past.  We have 3 seasons in which people like to enjoy the outdoor eating area and are trying to address this area as well as the cafeteria, etc.

    I also appreciate any input!!
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    I would like to know AORN recommendation regarding prepping agents specifically for lasers. What preps are recommended for lasers where a small incision is made in the chest or abdomen for heart lasers? I am familar with the laser guidelines stating no alcohol to be used for prepping but since Duraprep or Chloroprep has an alchol base to it and t...
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      I would appreciate any feedback regarding the "Leak Test"performed in a Hospital or Ambulatory Surgery setting.  Do you perform this test and how often?  What do you do with the results, and is there a point that you would shut down the autoclave?  Any responses would be helpful. 
    Many thanks,
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    I wa salways taught that your back table/mayo stayed sterile until you ask permission from anesthesia to break it down.  This was in case you needed to do a trach.   Now I was scrubbed the other day and asked the CRNA if I could have my back table and looked at me like she had never heard that before... 

    We wear our masks at ALL time once we cross the doors into th...