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April 2017 Issue
This April issue includes featured CE articles on innovative modalities in the field of viscoelastic studies that are able to more effectively guide proper blood product administration during trauma and surgical resuscitation when compared with conventional laboratory tests, and successfully implementing the laser-related recommendations from the AORN “Guideline for safe use of energy-generating devices.” In addition, the Clinical Issues column addresses using and evaluating hand hygiene products, the placement of alcohol-based surgical hand rub product dispensers, using plain or antimicrobial soaps, and more.
Featured CE Articles
Effective Tools for Trauma and Surgical Resuscitation Efforts
Recent initiatives have aimed to reduce trauma-induced coagulopathy (TIC)-associated morbidity and mortality, further invoking trauma experts to explore innovative modalities in the field of viscoelastic studies, such as thromboelastography (TEG) and rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM). These tests are able to more effectively guide proper blood product administration during trauma and surgical resuscitation when compared with conventional laboratory tests.
Guideline Implementation: Energy-Generating Devices, Part 2—Lasers
The new AORN “Guideline for safe use of energy-generating devices” provides guidance on the use of all energy-generating devices in the OR. This article focuses on key points of the guideline that address the safe use of lasers. These include the components of the laser safety program, the responsibilities of the personnel in roles specific to use of a laser, laser safety measures, and documentation of laser use.
Clinical Issues - April 2017
This month’s Q&A column addresses the following topics: patient involvement in hand hygiene, alcohol-based surgical hand rubs in the OR, personal hand hygiene dispensers, hand soap, disposal of water used for plaster application in scrub sinks, and multiple hand hygiene indications.