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Julliana Barr
I am a cardiac nurse and I was trained not to have water in the room due to the possibility of it being used.  What is ...
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Dear Julliana,

Thank you for your question regarding instrument cleaning at the point of use on the sterile ...
Patricia Castellano
AORN clearly recommends removing the gown first when removing PPE.  Within the AORN website there is a reference ...
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Dear Pat,

This thread is monitored by AORN staff only. If you would like others' experiences, please post on ...
Deborah Ziervogel
Looking for additional documentation on length of time a sterile field remains sterile if there is a delay in ...
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Deborah Ziervogel
In the past, AORN, recommendation set a limit on how long a sterile field could be set up before the procedure ...
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  Dear Debbie,
 
Thank you for your question regarding sterile field time limits, especially regarding a delay in ...
Valarie Grant
current guidelines specific to this - thank you
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Hello! Thank you for your post.

AORN explicitly recommends against this surgeon's practice of leaving an OR for ...
Harriett Marston
We had someone stock LR irrigation in our warmer instead of NaCl. The fluid had been in the warmer over night and was ...
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Thank you for your question regarding storage of bottled solutions in warming cabinets. The AORN Guideline for ...

Holly Grammer
We are looking at our surgical attire policies and I wonder if cloth hats need to be covered with a bouffant.  I have ...
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Holly, 
You are correct, the AORN Guideline for Surgical Attire does not have any recommendations to cover a cloth ...
Dennis Allen
Could you tell me where I can find the AORN guideline that addresses the process of sterile field implant ...
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Hello! Thanks for your question. 

Recommendation 5 of the "Guideline for Sterile Technique" addresses opening ...
Lyndon Kasprzak
What are the AORN guidelines for I&O's during urological procedures?
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Lyndon,
The AORN Guideline for Minimally Invasive Surgery addresses endoscopic prostate and bladder surgery. ...

Agnieszka Moran
Hello,
is anyone willing to share their policy and procedure for intra-op chemo administration (ex. mitomycin)?
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Agnieszka,

Thank you for your question. However, it sounds from your post that you intended this question to go in ...

Sara Lapointe
When we began seeing covid patients, our hospital decided that vendors were no longer allowed in the OR.  Now that ...
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Dear Sara,
Allowing vendors back into the OR should be an interdisciplinary team decision based on whether ...
Sherri Carrow
We are opening a new facility and will be having retina as one of our specialties. Does anyone have a blank ...
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Sherri,
You may get more responses from people if you post on the thread for Clinical Topics<Documentation or ...
April Zieger
We currently have a shortage of Bouffant caps for our health system.  Is it safe for surgical nurses to wear ...
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The 2020 AORN Guidelines on Surgical Attire states that no recommendation can be made for the type of surgical head ...
Trina Slover
The EVS dept at my facility is looking to purchase a Chlorox total 360 electrostatic fogger.  They are hoping to be ...
Hi Trina,
The AORN Guideline for Environmental Cleaning provides information on operating room cleaning ...
Cari Neises-O'Connor
I'm developing educational content for skin preps. We do prep the perineal area prior to the abdomen using ...
Cari,

This is the preferred sequence:

  • Start above the pubic area, moving downward over the vulva and perineum. ...