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Amy Lau
Hello, At our organization, we are looking to implement count board in every OR. What is the recommended practice ...
Hi Amy. The AORN Guideline for Prevention of Retained Surgical Items Recommendation 1.6 states that the count ...
Magdalena Dudek
Hello, I have a question regarding pulling medications for subsequent cases for the day. Are we allowed to put ...
Magdalena,
Thank you for your question regarding pulling of medication on case carts. We would refer you to the ...

Nikolai Atkinson
Good afternoon, I am trying to get some guidance when it comes to the OR Table Gel Positioning Pad. I cannot find much ...
Nikolai,
Thank you for your question. The AORN Guideline for Positioning the Patient Recommendation 5.3 states ...
Qing Zhou
Hi, I have an issue at work. We work with a total joint surgeon. He refuses let the circulator nurses or scrub tech ...
Qing,
We are not aware of any evidence showing risk for surgical site infection from personnel who worked in ...
Elizabeth Frey
We are a plastic surgery center and for our facial procedures we use betadine surgical scrub 10%, prior to Covid we ...
Dear Elizabeth,
Thank you for your question regarding diluting patient skin antiseptic solutions. According to ...
Leslie Thorsen
Hi, we typically wrap an arm with a gel pad and place a kerlix or the end of a rolled towel in the palm with the fingers ...
Dear Leslie,

Thank you for your question regarding gel pads and floating patients' heels when the mattress is ...
Jennifer Thran
Question about staffing in a 2 room operatory. I have not found definative regulations about counts. We do not have ...
Jennifer,
The RN Circulator should perform the count with a 2nd person in the scrub role as defined by the health ...
Betsy Simpson
Our OR was recently informed that the povidone-iodine scrub that we routinely use for a scrub and paint prep for ...
Betsy,
Thank you for your question. It appears that you intended to query the AORN members, however you posted this ...
Theresa Emerson
Dear Colleagues, I am reaching out for your insight and expertise. Would you share your thoughts and ...
Hi Terry,
Thank you for your post on AORN's OR NurseLink. However, your question seems to be intended to reach out to ...
Amy Siegfried
Our scrub nurses and techs recently asked if they should be covering their arms when they are opening items to the ...
Amy,
They may cover their arms when opening items, however we did not find any evidence to support it's inclusion in ...
April Kranz
National shortage on blue surgical wraps is causing our surgical department/CSP to look at alternatives to allow ...
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Hello! Thank you for your question!

First, we suggest very carefully reading the Manufacturer’s Instructions ...
Julie Mueller
Please share the current standard of practice for Obtaining consents? Currently the discussion is that the ...
Julie,
The AORN Guideline for Information Management Recommendation 4.4 addresses informed patient consents, ...
Lisa Pilon
When patients are placed in gross traction for hip procedures, i.e. Anterior Approach Total Hip Arthroplasty ...
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Hello Lisa,

Thank you for your question regarding documentation of positioning for patients placed in gross ...
Kristen Quayle
I am trying to determine what areas are semi-restricted defined by AORN? I've read conflicting information. Is ...
Kristen,
Thank you for your question. According to the 2021 AORN Guideline for Design and Maintenance of the ...
    Magdalena Dudek
    Hello, I have couple of questions regarding the environment of care when it comes to cleaning OR rooms in between ...
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    Can circulators and scrub techs tie the garbage bags after the case is done? ...

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