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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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    Hello. I am an RN and circulate in an ambulatory surgery center in St Cloud, Minnesota. Currently when a specimen is collected during a surgery the circulator and surgical tech in the room visually verify the specimen and information on label and paperwork and then the circulator signs her and the tech's initials on the specimen label. I believe that thi...
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    What are some other hosptials process for clipping inpatients needing surgery?  Is the staff on the floor clipping or is the holding area clipping prior to going to the OR? 

    Kristie Kleven
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    I too have recently taken over orientation for our surgical support staff, this has been a challenge for me not ever functioning in their role as I work 1/2 time in education and 1/2 time as a circulating nurse. So far we have competencies built for our cleaning of the OR procedures, transferring patients to and from the patient floors, safe patient handlin...
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    I was wondering if anyone has any guidelines on how long you keep your daily Bowie-Dick tests or sterilizer print outs.  I am getting a range of answers from 3-10 years.  I am in Illinois and not sure if there is a state guideline or requirement or if it's just a general recommendation. Thanks in advace. 

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    I think I will submit the question the the AORN RP team to see if they have more specific information. PAPR's have been around long enough that they have worked their way into our hospital's culture, and annual training, I am findinng it hard to belive that I am the first person to ask these questions on our campus. Additionally our hospital is part of a much la...
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    We do not count laparoscopic instruments, in the event that the surgery coverts to an open we would count added open procedure instruments, unless emergent opening prevents a counts being done, then we would perform an xray. The likelihood of losing a long handled laparoscopic instrument is unlikely and those instruments would not continue to be in u...