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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: [email protected] or 1-212-642-4980 or Request Proposal Price.

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AORN MAN-848E-2020

Guideline for Environmental Cleaning

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


AORN MAN-860D-2020

Guideline for Processing Flexible Endoscopes

These guidelines assist personnel in the care, cleaning, decontamination, maintenance, handling, storage, and sterilization and/or disinfection of flexible and rigid endoscopes and related accessories.


AORN MAN-836E-2020

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, and surgical hand scrubs are the most effective way to prevent and control infections and represent the least expensive means of achieving both.


AORN MAN-856C-2020

Guideline for Positioning the Patient

Prevention of positioning injury requires anticipation of the positioning equipment necessary based on the patient s 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-861E-2020

Guideline for Care and Cleaning of Surgical Instruments

These are guidelines to assist perioperative registered nurses in decontaminating and preparing surgical instruments and powered equipment for terminal sterilization and disinfection.These recommended practices complement AORN’s “Guideline for sterilization” and “Guidelines for high-level disinfection.”


AORN MAN-847E-2015

Guideline for a Safe Environment of Care

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-856-2013

Recommended Practices for Positioning the Patient in the Perioperative Practice Setting

Prevention of positioning injury requires anticipation of the positioning equipment necessary based on the patient’s 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-856B-2017

Guideline for Positioning the Patient

Prevention of positioning injury requires anticipation of the positioning equipment necessary based on the patient’s 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-857D-2020

Guideline for Preoperative Patient Skin Antisepsis

The goal of preoperative preparation of the patient s skin is to reduce the risk of postoperative surgical site infection by removing soil and transient microorganisms from the skin; reduce the resident microbial count to subpathogenic levels in a short period of time and with the least amount of tissue irritation; and inhibit rapid, rebound growth of microorganisms.These recommended practices provide guidance for achieving skin preparation of the surgical site.


AORN MAN-859D-2018

Guideline for High-Level Disinfection

These guidelines provide guidance for achieving high-level disinfection of instruments and equipment.


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