Facility Reference Center

A Better Way to Access the Guidelines

Introducing the AORN Facility Reference Center. Quickly and easily search the most current evidence-based guidelines by topic, and access integrated recommendations, FAQs, and clinical tools to put the highest standards for perioperative care into practice – and improve patient safety and quality outcomes.

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Learn more about how the Facility Reference Center can help your team quickly address day-to-day clinical issues.


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Facilities or systems can choose between two packages based on your team's needs. (Options for individuals are available here.)

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BASE Package

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  • Guidelines for Perioperative Practice—presented in three convenient views based on the level of detail you need: Full, Outline, and Quick View.
  • 200+ easy-to-search Clinical FAQs
  • In-service PowerPoint Templates
  • Hundreds of other implementation resources and tools

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PREMIUM Package

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  • Base package PLUS
  • Illustrated, step-by-step At a Glance guides covering Procedures, Positioning, and Skin Prep
  • Customizable Policy and Procedures based on the most up-to-date guidelines
  • Customizable Competency Verification Tools to keep your facility survey ready
  • Perioperative Job Descriptions
  • ASC Infection Prevention Policy and Procedure Templates

Tools for Safe Practice

Use the Facility Reference Center to answer questions and find the evidence that backs up quick decision-making and standardized practices. For example:

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A new nurse has joined the OR. The surgical team reviews the patient positioning Guideline Quick View and discusses the day’s procedures.

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Your Compliance Officer is updating policies around sterile technique and downloads the Policies and Procedures template for Donning Sterile Gowns and Gloves to customize.

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After surveyors noted a deficiency in reprocessing processes, your SPD manager refreshes the team using the Key Takeaways for processing flexible endoscopes.

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You see an environmental services staffer sweeping the OR floor and pull up the Guideline on Environmental Cleaning (1.b.) and the FAQ to review the proper approach together.


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