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The AORN Guideline for Radiation Safety is open for public comment from December 22 through February 1. 

This document provides guidance for preventing injury from ionizing radiation exposure received during therapeutic, diagnostic, or interventional procedures performed in the perioperative environment. Guidance for low-dose-rate and high-dose-rate brachytherapy using ionizing radiation is included. The injury prevention measures apply to patients, perioperative team members, and the caregivers for patients who receive brachytherapy or other therapeutic implants.

Offer your comments 

Learn how to offer your public comments through the Public Commenting Guide (PDF).

New/Revised for 2015:

The 2015 edition features extensive new content, including evidence-rated guidelines for:

  • Autologous Tissue Management
  • Care of the Patient Receiving Local Anesthesia
  • Cleaning and Care of Surgical Instruments
  • Complementary Care Interventions
  • Preoperative Patient Skin Antisepsis
  • Safe Environment of Care, Part 2
  • Specimen Management
  • Surgical Attire

AORN's Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (previously Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices) is an essential resource for both patient and worker safety where invasive procedures are performed.

These guidelines are available in a variety of options to fit your needs, including as single chapters.

Guidelines - Creating a Safer OR Together

Guidelines for Perioperative Practice


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