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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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    At my facility, current practice is to have the block completed PRIOR to surgeons arriving in house.  The Regional Block is designated (therefore determined) when the case is scheduled and is reflected on the surgery schedule.  
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    I'm looking at this as well. A colleague who works in Ohio said TJC came through and specifically asked what was being done to start the decontam process prior to the instruments being sent to SPD. AORN states that no spray bottle should be used in the perioperative area, HOWEVER, these are RECOMMENDED practices. In my opinion, if the instruments are spray...
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    I am the Director of Perioperative Services and Meditech is our vendor for patient documentation.  Meditech notified us we will have to begin paying a copyright fee for use of the Aldrete scoring system for patients recovering from sedation.  Dr. Aldrete has decided to enforce the copyright for the use of the scoring system he developed.  My questio...
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    What do others do if the circulator finds a fly in the room?  AORN says that any major break in sterile technique is an automatic wound class of a 3.  Do others consider a fly in the room a major break in technique and an automatic wound class 3 or do they just bump up the wound class by 1?
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    Has anyone successfully used Syntegrity and Surginet together and incorporated the use of CPT codes?  We recently converted to Surginet and are struggling with procedures versus preference cards and how to schedules cases with multiple procedures.

    Any insight anyone can offer would be much appreciated.

    Terri A. Hurry, MSN, CNOR, RN
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    In the VA we follow a national VA and Joint Commission policy for TIME OUT. The time out is performed after draping and immediately prior to incision . The incision site mark must be visible during the TIME OUT. We use a team approach in which anesthesia reads the arm band of the patient after the RN circulator or surgeon announces " we are ready for TIME OUT". T...