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April 2019 Issue

Special Focus: Ambulatory Surgery

This April issue includes a CE article on how single-use device reprocessing can be an effective tool for ambulatory surgery center leaders to conserve and manage resources; and a CE article on primary considerations for health care facilities undergoing construction or renovation project, including the design and function of the new areas, assessment of environmental risks for airborne contamination, and containment of dust and moisture. The Clinical Issues column explores video monitors for laparoscopic surgery, trash and linen receptacle covers, and mattress pad maintenance.

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Reprocessing Single-Use Devices in the Ambulatory Surgery Environment

Reprocessing single-use surgical supplies and devices is an option for hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Reprocessing single-use devices is safe when personnel use approved methods, and health care facilities can experience significant cost savings by participating in this type of initiative. This article explores reprocessing and its benefits in ASCs, including a review of the oversight that the US Food and Drug Administration currently has for reprocessing and a discussion of the results of studies pertaining to this practice.

Guideline Implementation: Design and Maintenance of the Surgical Suite

The primary considerations for any health care facility construction or renovation project are the design and function of the new areas, assessment of environmental risks for airborne contamination, and containment of dust and moisture created during construction activities. The AORN “Guideline for design and maintenance of the surgical suite” provides guidance for developing a functional program to guide the construction/renovation project, use of evidence-based design principles, measures to contain construction-related dust and debris, and more.

Clinical Issues - April 2019

This month's column addresses the following topics:

  • Ergonomically correct video monitor height
  • Number of video monitors for laparoscopic surgery
  • Covers on trash and linen receptacles
  • Mattress pad maintenance

AORN Journal - April 2019 issue