Access Now: AORN COVID-19 Clinical Support

Archive February 2021 XXII, No. 2

Features

Major Milestone
The initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccines provide promise for a healthier future, even as death tolls rise and frustrations mount about the sputtering rollout.

Cardiovascular Care Is the Next Big Thing
Procedures are shifting to surgery centers, but adding the cases is not for the faint of heart.

Rethinking Pressure Injury Prevention
A surprising skin injury led to the launch of a hospital's effective risk-reduction program.

Nasal Decolonization Slashed Our SSI Rates
The simple pre-op practice eliminated infections and saved our hospital several hundred thousand dollars.

Satiated Before Surgery
Pre-op nutrition is a major component of priming patients for procedures.

Warming Works Wonders
We trialed prewarming on a small group of patients, and now interest is heating up among multiple specialties.

Can You Pass This Medication Safety Quiz?
Test your knowledge of current best practices with this informative exam.

Accreditation Inspection Insights
Hard work and plenty of preparation helped us ace our survey during the pandemic.

How to Handle the Colonoscopy Surge
Double down on sound endoscope reprocessing to provide safe and efficient care during even your busiest days.

Ideas That Work

Ideas That Work: Sterile Processing
Double-Check Instrument Trays

Ideas That Work: Clear Connection
Stock Carts to Solve Communication Difficulties

Ideas That Work: Herd in the Hall
Social Distancing Sit-Downs

Ideas That Work: Pre-Op Prep
White Board Keeps Cases on Track

Ideas That Work: All Hands on Deck
Empower Staff to Call for Help Without Hesitation

Departments

Editor's Page: Hope for Healing
The vaccines have arrived — and not a moment too soon.

Diversity, Equality & Inclusion: Essential Elements of Healthcare Equality
Building a more just system requires widespread and purposeful action.

Staffing: A Clear Communication Upgrade
See-through masks help us care for hearing-impaired patients.

Legal Update: How to Handle COVID-19 Vaccinations
Understanding anti-discrimination laws will help you navigate the rollout.

COVID Diary: Love, Loss and Hope
Surgery centers far from the war against COVID-19 have stories to tell.

Product News
Great Ideas for Your OR

Behind Closed Doors: Confessions of a Sentimental Hoarder
My stacks of stuff rekindle many memories and moments of my life.

February 2021

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