Flip the Session: An Experiment in Content Delivery
We are flipping the conference on you!
You spoke. We listened. You asked for more time for questions, and we have the solution!
Prior to the Surgical Conference & Expo, we will host two webinars (see topics below), for all registered attendees. Prior to the Annual Conference, you will receive a link to the webinar so you can access it on demand.
A question and answer session will be offered at the Surgical Conference & Expo with the same speakers discussing the topic featured on the webinar. Attendees may earn 1.0 CH for the webinar and up to 1.2 CHs for the face-to-face interactive session after completing the evaluation onsite. Below is a listing of the topics.
The Latest on the
Development of RPs and Newest Recommended Practices
Lisa Spruce, DNP, CNOR, ACNP, ACNS
Sharon A. Van Wicklin, MSN, RN,
CNOR/CRNFA, CPSN, PLNC
Amber Wood, MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC, CPN/AORN Nursing
Get an introduction to AORN's recommended practices (RPs) for 2014.
The recommendation levels based on evidence and entered in each new RP will be
explained and discussed. Assess your knowledge of RPs and the new evidence
rating process. AORN has a new model on rating the collective evidence used in
the RPs, and this new model allows the perioperative nurse to understand the level
of evidence supporting each new RP. Translating evidence to the bedside can be
difficult to understand, and this session will explain how AORN translates the
evidence to the RPs and how the perioperative nurse can implement them in
1. Describe AORN's Model for rating the collective evidence.
2. Describe how the evidence is translated into a recommended practice.
3. Identify what is new in the recommended practices for 2014
4. Describe what the level of recommendation means, including how to apply it in perioperative practice.
Hands-on Strategies to Reduce Waste in Perioperative Settings and Access
Resources for Safe Disposal
Bonnie G. Denholm, MS, BSN,
RN, CNOR/AORN Nursing Practice
Barb Bickford/Wisconsin Department of Natural
Unwanted and leftover
pharmaceuticals are a complex waste stream that poses many health, safety, and
environmental risks, including drug overdoses, drug abuse, poisonings, and
water pollution. Unused pharmaceuticals have considerable impact on the social
and physical environment, including an increase in childhood poisoning, theft,
misuse, and abuse, unintended environmental exposure, and inappropriate
international donations. While environmental stakeholders, such as the EPA and
local environmental health agencies, are currently developing programs to
collect unused household pharmaceuticals, a sustainable solution requires
minimizing the generation of waste. By having a full understanding on the
impact of unused pharmaceuticals, perioperative nurses can be more influential
in the efforts to reduce the amount of unused medications to help eliminate the
need for disposal of the medications. This interactive session will provide
information about national regulations and the safe method of disposal for
different categories of drugs. Participants will have a hands-on experience to
use the Pharmaceutical Waste Reduction website and be guided to use a worksheet
to solve specific case studies aimed at reducing the occurrence of unused
medications and reducing costs in perioperative settings and thereby reducing
pharmaceutical waste in our communities.
1. Discuss two regulations
enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency that must be considered when
exploring options for disposing of unused medications.
2. Identify three categories of
drugs and the characteristics that influence the method of disposal.
3. Discuss two strategies for
increasing the awareness of perioperative team members and patients about the
impact of unused medications on the social and physical environment and online
resources available to the public.
4. Demonstrate how the
Pharmaceutical Waste Reduction Website can be used to develop strategies to
reduce the number of unused medications, reduce costs in perioperative
settings, or reduce pharmaceutical waste in our communities.