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Jennifer Brown
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I recently had a comment by a traveling scrub tech - she wondered why we utilize varying height tables on our ...
We usually use tables that are the same height. However, on total joint cases and some spine cases, we use a table ...
Rosanne Metcalf
In the 2017 AORN Guidelines for Peri-Operative Practices it clearly states that ( V.e.1. Aerators on faucets ...
Jodie Carothers
Our facility suspends a DNR when a patient goes to surgery. It is reinstated when the patient arrives on their ...
A facility that I previously worked at had a Purple sheet that was in the front of the paper chart.  It identified ...
Jessica Wagner
I worked somewhere where there was a medication builder for Epic, (but I can't remember where).  It would allow you ...
Jessica Wagner Category Documentation Jun '20
We use the Epic version from Mercy. Our pharmacy has built in several medication combinations such as Exparel ...
Elizabeth Page
Hi all!
I currently work at an asc and very rarely we will give insulin prior to surgery. When we do, we have 2 rns check ...
Suzanne Motley
Does anyone have a policy about pediatric patients bringing blankets/stuffed animals to the OR with them? Could ...
Carrie Stetson
Does AORN have a specific recommendation or standard that states how frequently operating room temperatures ...
Carie Meyers
We have not been charting the lot #s of the cautery pads, and we stopped charting the cautery settings a while back. 
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Carie Meyers Category Documentation Sep '20
Carie,

We currently use underbody megadyne pads and occasionally a cautery pad.  We have never documented lot #s ...
Angelina Rodriguez
Has anyone within our OR community worked with automated/electronic informed consents? If so, could you share ...
At the VA, we use iMedConsent. I’m not sure if it’s proprietary to the VA?
Mollee Beaty
Hello! We are trying to implement clipping into our preop nursing bundle instead of needing an order for it or ...
Mollee,

We do not require an order for hair clipping.  For our Open Heart Cases, clipping is done in the pre-op area ...
Laura Bader
We were cited by Joint Commission during our last survey for not opening our box locks on our instruments enough and ...
Rebecca Norton
Does anyone have some good OR PI indicator ideas to share? We've done colon bundle compliance,OR/PACU handoffs, ...
Amanda Buchanan
Hello.  For facilities that use SurgiCount, do you use the SurgiCount system on all cases that you perform a manual ...
Hello!
At our facility we use the SurgiCount for every case that we use laps and/or rays.
Kendra Hardy Dunnigan
HI, 
I wanted to see how other document the anesthesia type for a procedure when only local anesthesia was given (no ...