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August 2022 Issue

This August issue includes a CE article on surgical smoke safety recommendations for a smoke-free environment, smoke evacuation and filtration, respiratory protection, and more; and a CE article on minimizing the risk for percutaneous injuries among personnel who routinely handle needles and sharps-containing devices. The Clinical Issues column explores use of sterile vests, bare arms for unscrubbed personnel, preventing thermal injury from electrosurgical devices, and preoperative site marking for minimally invasive procedures.

Featured CE Articles

  1. Guidelines in Practice: Surgical Smoke Safety

    Surgical smoke is the vaporous and gaseous byproduct of the use of heat-producing devices on tissue. The contents of surgical smoke include harmful chemicals, viable and nonviable material, and viruses. The recently updated AORN “Guideline for surgical smoke safety” provides perioperative nurses with background information on surgical smoke and ways to mitigate the hazard. This article provides an overview of the guideline and discusses recommendations for a smoke-free environment, smoke evacuation and filtration, respiratory protection, education, policies and procedures, and quality.

  2. Safety First: Preventing Perioperative Sharps Injuries

    Health care workers who experience a needlestick injury risk developing infections from bloodborne pathogens, such as the hepatitis B virus, the hepatitis C virus, or HIV. Scrubbed team members may experience an increased risk for needlestick injuries because of the invasive and time-consuming nature of surgery. Percutaneous needlestick and sharps injuries pose risk to the overall health and well-being of perioperative personnel, and nurses should request needlestick hazard controls whenever and wherever they are needed.

Clinical Issues

Clinical Issues—August 2022

This month’s Q&A column addresses the following topics:
  • Use of sterile vests
  • Bare arms for unscrubbed personnel
  • Preventing thermal injury from electrosurgical devices
  • Preoperative site marking for minimally invasive procedures

August Journal Issue