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AORN: Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

AORN, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, defines standardized practice for perioperative professionals, uniting and empowering over 41,000 surgical nurses, health care organizations, and others involved in nursing education in the industry. In addition to the AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, the professional organization focuses on continuing education, clinical practice resources, career and leadership development, and its philanthropic arm, the AORN Foundation. Standards from AORN are available both individually, directly through the ANSI webstore, and as part of a Standards Subscription. If you or your organization are interested in easy, managed, online access to standards that can be shared, a Standards Subscription may be what you need - please contact us at: StandardsSubscriptions@ansi.org or 1-212-642-4980 or Request Proposal Price.

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AORN MAN-836D-2016

Guideline for Hand Hygiene

Guidelines for hand hygiene, hand washing, and surgical hand scrubs for surgical and other invasive procedures. Hand hygiene is a primary method of decreasing healthcare-associated infections. Hand hygiene, hand washing,áand surgical handáscrubs are the most effective way to prevent and control infections and represent the least expensive means of achieving both.


AORN MAN-848D-2018

Guideline for Environmental Cleaning

These guidelines provide guidance for environmental cleaning and disinfection in the surgical practice setting.


AORN MAN-847E-2015

Guideline for a Safe Environment of Care, Part 1

These guidelines provide guidance for providing a safe environment of care related to patients and perioperative personnel and the equipment used in the perioperative environment. They include information on musculoskeletal injury, fire safety, electrical equipment, clinical and alert alarms, blanket- and solution-warming cabinets, medical gas cylinders, waste anesthesia gases, latex, chemicals including methyl methacrylate bone cement, and hazardous waste.


AORN MAN-835D-2018

Guideline for Surgical Attire

Guidelines for surgical attire including jewelry, clothing, shoes, head coverings, masks, jackets, and other accessoriesáworn in the semirestricted and restricted areas of theásurgical or invasive procedure setting.


AORN MAN-843C-2015

Guideline for Care of Patients Undergoing Pneumatic Tourniquet-Assisted Procedures

Guidelines for perioperative team members on the use of pneumatic tourniquets. These guidelines provide information about testing, applying, and cleaning pneumatic tourniquet equipment, and the patient care associated with the safe use of this equipment. Pneumatic tourniquet equipment consists of a pressure regulator with display, connective tubing, and an inflatable cuff. These recommended practices provide general guidelines for developing policies and procedures for safe use of a pneumatic tourniquet in the practice setting.


AORN MAN-848C-2015

Guideline for Environmental Cleaning

These guidelines provide guidance for environmental cleaning and disinfection in the surgical practice setting.


AORN MAN-856B-2017

Guideline for Positioning the Patient

Prevention of positioning injury requires anticipation of the positioning equipment necessary based on the patientÆs identified needs and the planned operative or invasive procedure, application of the principles of body mechanics and ergonomics, ongoing assessment throughout the perioperative period, and coordination with the entire perioperative team. These recommended practices provide guidelines for positioning the patient in the perioperative setting.


AORN MAN-889C-2018

Guideline for Sterile Technique

Sterile technique involves the use of specific actions and activities to prevent contamination and maintain sterility of identified areas during operative and other invasive procedures. Implementing sterile technique when preparing, performing, or assisti


AORN MAN-835C-2015

Guideline for Surgical Attire

Guidelines for surgical attire including jewelry, clothing, shoes, head coverings, masks, jackets, and other accessoriesáworn in the semirestricted and restricted areas of theásurgical or invasive procedure setting.


AORN MAN-840D-2017

Guideline for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Guidelines for perioperative personnel to reduce risks to patients and the perioperative team during minimally invasive surgery and computer-assisted technology procedures; to perioperative registered nurses to assist in managing distention media (eg, gas, fluid) and irrigation fluid; and to health care administrators to identify considerations, including workplace safety and ergonomics, that need to be addressed when expanding services to accommodate new trends. These recommended practices also address how to establish safe practices for preventing potential hazards associated with surgical smoke.


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