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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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    Rhonda, please thank Cindi for me. I will show this to my boss who will show it to our abstractors. I hope this clears up the confusion and we quit getting dinged for falling out. I have been on the CMS website and joint commission trying to find clarification. I even called joint commission and the gentleman I talked to did not have an answer. He gave me another...
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    This was the practice when I worked at UMC in Tucson, AZ years ago - have not seen this anywhere else. The hospital only stocked bouffant caps and hoods. Funny, some of the few private practice docs who operated there would bring in their own skullcaps. One of the OR nurses would wait until they were gowned and gloved to put a bouffant hat over their skullcap. ...
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    Sorry I did not address the second part of your question.... AORN Recommended Practices for Sterilization state that items to be sterilized should be cleaned, decontaminated, inspected, packaged and stored in a controlled environment using manufacturer validated, written instructions for use.

    We performed an HFMEA at our facility and found th...
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    Janice, thank you for asking an important question about compounding.  First, USP defines compounding as sterile compounding (Chapter )  and non-sterile compounding (Chapter ).  Each of these Chapters provides a definition of terms and contains sufficient information to guide practitioners in practice. Compounding also infers that it is necess...
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    I currently work in a urological surgeon practice with multiple offices.  We do office procedures - cystoscopy, vasectomy, bladder irrigations, etc.
    What are the guidelines for physician offices and mixing medications.  The practice has mixed Lidocaine jelly (urojets), Neosporin antibiotic solution for bladder irrigation, IC Rescue solution...
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    Are there any hospitals who have done away with surgeons caps and went with bouffant caps to cover hair? 
    Can you share with me your process?