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Whether you're preparing for recertification, renewing your license, or just want to stay current, the AORN Journal Continuing Education (CE) articles address a variety of perioperative topics. From Guidelines implementation to perioperative safe practices, stay up-to-date and improve your own practice every day.

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April 2018 Issue

Special Focus Issue: Wound Care

This April issue include a CE article on the indications and contraindications for the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and an overview of the hyperbaric oxygen program at a tertiary care facility; and another CE article on safe practices for all the phases of the medication use process applicable to the perioperative RN role. The Clinical Issues column explores using alcohol as an antiseptic for preoperative skin preparation of the eyelids, actions to be taken during a count discrepancy, takeaways from the AORN “Guideline for medical device and product evaluation,” and more!

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April 2018 Issue

Featured CE Articles

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Indications, Contraindications, and Use

This article provides a brief history of hyperbaric oxygen, reviews the indications and contraindications for its use, and presents an overview of the hyperbaric oxygen program at a tertiary care facility. We describe three common indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy: osteomyelitis, delayed radiation injury, and graft or flap compromise. We also discuss therapeutic protocols for treatment with hyperbaric oxygen at our facility.

Guideline Implementation: Medication Safety

The medication use process includes procuring, prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, administering, and monitoring. During each phase, there are opportunities for medication errors to occur, which could cause injury to a patient. The updated AORN “Guideline for medication safety” provides guidance on safe practices for all the medication use phases applicable to perioperative RNs. This article focuses on key points of the guideline that address the prescribing and administration phases, medication information to share during transitions in care, and patient education.

Clinical Issues—April 2018

This month’s Q&A column addresses the following topics: unscrubbed team members removing sterile items from the main back table; using alcohol as an antiseptic for preoperative skin preparation of the eyelids; actions to be taken during a count discrepancy; injecting infant formula into the patient’s bladder; and takeaway message from the updated AORN “Guideline for medical device and product evaluation.”

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