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The Latest on Two New Recommended Practices: Environmental Cleaning and Specimen Management Webinar

Sharon A. Van Wicklin, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, CPSN, PLNC
Amber Wood, MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC, CPN/AORN-Nursing Practice


We heard your request-- more time for questions!  

This webinar recording will explore two new RPs: Environmental Cleaning and Specimen Management. Earn 1.0 CH for attending and completing the session evaluation. 

On Monday, March 31, 2014, 4-5pm Central time, a live session will be held at AORN Surgical Conference & Expo 2014. Scenarios for implementing these recommended practices will be discussed as a group. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet attendees from other facilities, ask them what practices they are implementing, and share environmental cleaning and specimen management successes. 


  1. 1.Discuss recent revisions in AORN’s recommended practices for environmental cleaning.
  2. 2.Discuss recent revisions in AORN’s recommended practices for specimen management.


Part 2 - Monday, March 31 from 4-5pm
Live Q&A session will be held at AORN's Surgical Conference & Expo 2014

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Corporate support for this session provided by Sage Products.


Pharmaceutical Waste: Hands-on Strategies to Reduce Waste in Perioperative Settings and Access to Resources for Safe Disposal
Flip the Session Webinar

Barb Bickford, MS, PG, Medical Waste Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources delivers the content during the recorded portion (webinar) of the Flip the Session program. Part two, the live, face-to-face Q&A, allows you to interact with fellow attendees and speakers, and to ask questions. 

Unwanted and leftover pharmaceuticals pose many health, safety, and environmental risks, including drug overdoses, drug abuse, poisonings, and water pollution. While many stakeholders are developing programs to keep household pharmaceuticals from harming the environment, few have focused on minimizing the impacts from health care facilities. Perioperative nurses can influence the amount of unused medications needing to be disposed from their health care facilities. This interactive session will enable nurses to identify drugs that are commonly wasted, to find the environmental regulations that apply to their disposal, and to choose strategies for reducing the amounts being discarded. Participants will have a hands-on experience to use the Pharmaceutical Waste Reduction website to identify ways to reduce pharmaceutical waste in perioperative settings, including drugs they see commonly wasted in their own facilities. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop or tablet to access the website and its tools.


  1. Discuss two federal regulations that must be considered when disposing of unused medications.
  2. Use the Pharmaceutical Waste Reduction Website to identify strategies for reducing the amount and toxicity of waste medications.
  3. Discuss how to add waste reduction ideas and results to the Pharmaceutical Waste Reduction Website.


Part 2 – Tuesday, April 1 from 4:15-5:15pm
Live Q&A session will be held at AORN’s Surgical Conference & Expo 2014.

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