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Public Comment: 

The AORN Recommended Practices for Preoperative Patient Skin Antisepsis is now open for public comment through Sunday, April 27, 2014.

These recommended practices are intended to provide guidance for preoperative patient skin preparation, including preoperative patient bathing; preoperative hair removal; selection of skin antiseptics; application of antiseptics; and safe handling, storage, and disposal of antiseptics. Comment period is Thursday, March 27, 2014 to midnight, Sunday, April 27, 2014.

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


New/Revised Recommended Practices:

Four recommended practices have been created or revised for 2014. They are now available through our online facility subscription and are published in the 2014 Standards and Recommended Practices print edition.  

  • Recommended Practices for Sharps Safety 
  • Recommended Practices for Care of Patients Undergoing Pneumatic Tourniquet-assisted Procedures 
  • Recommended Practices for Environmental Cleaning 
  • Recommended Practices for Selection and Use of Packaging Systems for Sterilization 

These recommended practices have been evidence-rated using the new AORN Evidence Rating Model.

AORN's Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices is an essential resource for both patient and worker safety where invasive procedures are performed. This new edition features: 

  • Four new evidence-rated recommended practices 
  • A new evidence rating model tailored for the scope of perioperative practice
  • Seven ambulatory supplements to recommended practices - customized content for ASCs
  • An easy-to-navigate layout with colored tabs, updated diagrams, and modernized tables to help you find the information you need faster.  


These new recommended practices are available in a variety of options to fit your needs--Book, Online facility subscriptionCD, and as Single chapters

Below you will find related resources to help you implement each of the new recommended practices: 

Sharps Safety

Care of Patients Undergoing Pneumatic Tourniquet-assisted Procedures

Environmental Cleaning


Selection and Use of Packaging Systems for Sterilization



Standards & Recommended Practices


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