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Recommended Practices Implementation

 The new AORN Journal series on implementing AORN recommended practices (RPs) is designed to bridge the gap between standards and execution. These will include:  

  • The RP Summary, which can serve as a reference, a visual aid, a means to resolve disputes, and material to help prepare for the CNOR exam.  
  • The RP Implementation Guide, which focuses on a single recommended practice document, describing significant changes, areas of risk or concern, elements of compliance with accreditation and regulatory requirements, and strategies for successful implementation. 
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Featured AORN Journal RP Implementation Article

Implementing AORN Recommended Practices for Sharps Safety

Prevention of percutaneous sharps injuries in perioperative settings remains a challenge. Occupational transmission of bloodborne pathogens, not only from patients to health care providers but also from health care providers to patients, is a significant concern. Legislation and position statements geared toward ensuring the safety of patients and health care workers have not resulted in significantly reduced sharps injuries in perioperative settings. Awareness and understanding of the types of percutaneous injuries that occur in perioperative settings is fundamental to developing an effective sharps injury prevention program. The AORN “Recommended practices for sharps safety” clearly delineates evidence-based recommendations for sharps injury prevention. Perioperative RNs can lead efforts to change practice for the safety of patients and perioperative team members by promoting the elimination of sharps hazards; the use of engineering, work practice, and administrative controls; and the proper use of personal protective equipment, including double gloving.

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