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For timely, relevant education focused on top-of-mind clinical issues, AORN presents Hot Topic Virtual Forums. The 60- to 90-minute live discussions and Q&As are led by nurse authors of the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice and industry experts.

Your entire team will learn the latest perioperative updates on topics such as:

  • Surgical Smoke Evacuation During COVID-19
  • Adding a New ASC Service Line
  • Enhancing Patient and Worker Safety Through Communication
  • Outpatient Joint Replacement

Upcoming Hot Topics Calendar

Smoke Evacuation in the Time of COVID-19
October 29, 2020
December 2, 2020

ASCs: Adding New Service Lines – Are You Really Prepared?
November 10, 2020

Safety in the OR: Journey to Zero Harm
Part 1: November 12, 2020
Part 2: December 8, 2020

Outpatient Joint Replacement in the ASC
November 17, 2020


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Surgical Smoke Evacuation in the Time of COVID-19

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Oct. 29, 2020   Dec. 2, 2020  

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Evidence has shown hazardous chemicals, ultra-fine particles, viruses, bacteria, and cancer cells are present in surgical smoke. That’s why experts recommend surgical smoke evacuation as a first line of defense whenever surgical smoke is produced, especially during COVID-19. Learn more about smoke evacuation, how filters work, and recommendations for surgical teams in this Hot Topic.  

Presenters
Emily Jones, MSN, RN, CNOR, NPD-BC, AORN Perioperative Practice Specialist
Jennifer Pennock, MS, AORN Senior Manager of Government Affairs

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ASCs: Adding New Service Lines – Are You Really Prepared?

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Nov. 10, 2020

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As we’ve learned from investment strategies, it’s good to be diversified. If your ASC is a single-specialty center, such as ophthalmology or pain management, or even if you do a few different specialties, there are circumstances that may be negatively affecting the revenue stream. Your governing body wants to add a new service line. Where do you begin? This presentation will walk you through the many steps that you must take in order to accurately determine if this is the right thing to do.

Presenter
Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR(E), CASC®, Chief Nursing Officer, Surgical Information Systems

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Safety in the OR: Journey to Zero Harm

Part 1 – The Role of Team Communication
Team communication is the common denominator in most safety events - from minor deficiencies to sentinel events. Learn how to use recommendations from the Guideline on Team Communication to create a safe staff and patient environment – and avoid common missteps and serious consequences stemming from poor communication. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to ask pertinent questions in the live Q&A with the panel of presenters.

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Nov. 12, 2020

Presenters
Lisa Spruce, DNP, CNOR, CNS-CP, FAAN, AORN Director of Evidence-Based Perioperative Practice
Pat Moesta, Stryker Brand Manager, Evacuation
Andrea Zornman, Stryker Brand Manager, SurgiCount


Part 2 – Tools and Strategies for Effective Team Communication

Safety of the periop team and patients in the OR depends on strong team communication. But we still stumble over how to execute proven processes in our day-to-day practice. Join us for insights and leave with practical and proven tools for enhancing OR team communication and reducing deficiencies and sentinel events.

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Dec. 8, 2020

Presenters
Lisa Spruce, DNP, CNOR, CNS-CP, FAAN, AORN Director of Evidence-Based Perioperative Practice
Erin Vanboglen, Stryker Brand Manager, Invuity
Katie Hollerbach, Stryker Brand Manager, Neptune

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Outpatient Joint Replacement in the ASC

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Nov. 17, 2020

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With total joint replacements projected to migrate exponentially to the ASC for patient benefits, and hospital volume projections nearing a plateau to avoid potential exposure to hospitalized COVID-19 patients, orthopedic surgeons and ASC owners are now, more than ever, looking for the best patient care solutions for outpatient environments. This presentation will give you key insights as to how surgeons can benefit from the ASC environment, what they will need to know if they are considering the ASC solution and how to make the transition as seamless as possible.

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Dr. Joseph Nessler MD

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The Science Behind N95 Decontamination

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Details COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an international shortage of new filtering facepiece respirators (ex: N95). This Hot Topic addresses the risks, precautions, and science behind decontaminating N95 masks – and how the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice address the issue. Find out how the FDA prompted development of the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System™ in 2015 as part of a study to determine how to safely fill the gap in the national supply chain of critical PPE – and learn what else is on the horizon in decontamination strategies.

Presenters
Erin Kyle, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, Editor in Chief, AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice
John D. Clay, PhD, PMP, Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System™ (CCDS) Research Lead

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