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August 2020 Issue
This August issue includes a CE article on how perioperative teams can implement a bundle of evidence-based practice improvements to prevent the development of surgical site infections in patients after elective spine surgery. The Clinical Issues column explores pneumatic tourniquet education and documentation, creating a safe environment for surgical patients with latex allergies or sensitivities, covering patients’ beards, informed consent requirements, and promoting well-being through mindfulness.
Featured CE Articles
Safety First: Developing a Surgical Site Infection Prevention Bundle for Patients Undergoing Elective Spine Surgery
Perioperative nurses routinely care for patients undergoing elective spine surgery (eg, laminectomy with discectomy, fusion with instrumentation). One complication that patients may experience after undergoing elective spine surgery is a surgical site infection. To prevent the development of a surgical site infection after elective spine surgery, perioperative teams can implement multiple evidence-based practice improvements at the same time, rather than individually. This group of interventions is commonly referred to as a bundle.
This month’s Q&A column addresses the following topics:
- Pneumatic tourniquet education and documentation
- Creating a safe environment for surgical patients with latex allergies or sensitivities
- Covering patients’ beards
- Informed consent requirements
- Promoting well-being through mindfulness