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December 2016 Issue
This December issue includes featured CE articles on preoperative screening for sleep disordered breathing in children and a guideline implementation article on the “Guideline for patient information management,” which provides guidance to perioperative personnel on documenting and managing patient information. In addition, the Clinical Issues column addresses head coverings, skin preps, pediatric surgical counts, sterile set up, and surgical hand antisepsis.
Featured CE Articles
Preoperative Screening for Sleep Disordered Breathing in Children
Clinicians frequently underestimate or do not assess sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in children in ambulatory surgical centers. Identifying the disorder and obtaining information relevant to anesthesia management can be assisted by the use of a standard questionnaire during preoperative assessment. This article addresses whether a preoperative screening tool increases clinician awareness of SDB in children and leads to a decrease in perioperative respiratory adverse events.
Guideline Implementation: Patient Information Management
This article focuses on key points of the guideline, which address data capture that supports the clinical workflow, incorporation of professional guidelines and standards as well as regulatory and mandatory reporting elements, use of standardized clinical terminologies, data aggregation for use in research and analytics, considerations for patient care orders, and safeguards for the patient’s security and confidentiality.
Clinical Issues - December 2016
This month’s Q&A column addresses the following topics: head coverings, skin preps, pediatric surgical counts, sterile set up, and surgical hand antisepsis.