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December 2018 Issue
This December issue includes a CE article on the importance of leak testing, a vital processing step that detects fluid invasion in an endoscope, and a CE article on key recommendations for implementing the AORN “Guideline for safe patient handling and movement.” The Clinical Issues column explores surgical times, the effect of henna on surgical hand antisepsis, scrubbed personnel in wheelchairs, counting in organ procurement procedures, and the use of portable storage carts.
Featured CE Articles
The Importance of Leak Testing Flexible Endoscopes
Leak testing is a vital processing step that detects fluid invasion in an endoscope. This article presents evidence to support leak testing, provides recommendations for correct leak testing, explains reasons for leak-testing failures, and discusses a case scenario with a failed leak test and the approach that facility personnel took to improve the quality and consistency of leak testing their endoscopes.
Guideline Implementation: Safe Patient Handling and Movement
This article discusses key takeaways from the AORN “Guideline for safe patient handling and movement,” including forming an interdisciplinary team to oversee the safe patient handling and movement program, selecting safe patient handling technologies and equipment, and assessing the unique needs of each patient to develop an individualized plan for safe patient handling and movement.
Clinical Issues—December 2018
December's column addresses the following topics:
- Surgical times
- The effect of henna on surgical hand antisepsis
- Scrubbed personnel in wheelchairs
- Counting in organ procurement procedures
- The use of portable storage carts.