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Hot Topics On-Demand Library

Timely, relevant education presented recently in Hot Topic Virtual Forums are now available on-demand. Listen to a wide range of top-of-mind clinical discussions and Q&As led by nurse authors of the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice and industry experts.


How Infection Prevention is Shifting in the ASC

Part 1
Prioritizing Infection Prevention in the Ambulatory Surgery Center

Sponsored by 3M

Learn current developments in ASC infection prevention protocols and processes to support your surgical team’s ongoing pandemic risk management.

You’ll also be better prepared for new procedures moving to the ambulatory setting and upcoming surveys by: identifying the most important areas to focus on; reviewing best practices for processing instruments and devices to prevent outbreaks; and knowing updated infection control measures related to COVID-19.

Presenter
Jackie Daley, (HBSc Microbiology and Immunology), MLT, CIC, CSPDS, FAPIC
Senior Manager, Infection Prevention
St. Joseph Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, CA

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1 CH available upon completion of the course and evaluation.

This program is approved for up to 1.0 hours of AEUs and up to 1.0 hours of IPCHs by BASC Provider # 0102. The content area for AEU is Quality Management and the content area for IPCH is Infection Prevention Strategies.

To obtain Contact Hours/AEUs or to provide comments, please log in to the Learning Center at My AORN to complete the evaluation at the close of the event. Accreditation and Disclaimer

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Clean Hands Count

Part 2
Fit Testing Your Respirators in ASCs

Sponsored by 3M

Learn how to ensure your respirator equipment fits, protects, and meets regulatory requirements. Find out how to best implement an ASC-specific respirator program to ensure proper mask use. One size does not fit all, and a one-time fitting isn’t enough.

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1 CH available.

This program is approved for up to 1.0 hours of AEUs and up to 1.0 hours of IPCHs by BASC Provider # 0102. The content area for AEU is Regulatory and Legal Issues and the content area for IPCH is Infection Prevention Education and Training.

To obtain Contact Hours/AEUs or to provide comments, please log in to the Learning Center at My AORN to complete the evaluation at the close of the event. Accreditation and Disclaimer 

Presenters
Lisa Berus, MSN, MEd, RN, CASSPT, CNAMB, CAIP®
Director, Clinical Education, Surgical Care Affiliates
Stacy Richardson, IHT, CRSP, BSc
Senior Health and Safety Application Professional
Personal Safety Division, 3M

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Shelf Life Letter 

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Infection Prevention


The Endoscopy Evolution: From Reusable to Single-Use

Part 1
Understand how endoscope technology, processing, and reprocessing have evolved in Part 1 of this series. Attendees will learn the latest technology and clinical advancements, key studies that highlight processing failures, and the shortcomings of reprocessing. Plus, there will be a live Q&A with our presenters at the end of the event.

By attending the live virtual session and completing the online evaluation you may earn 0.83 Contact Hour. Accreditation and Disclaimer

This program is approved for up to 1.5 hours of AEUs and up to 1.5 hours of IPCHs by BASC Provider # 0102. The content area for AEUs is Quality Management and the content area for IPCHs is Infection Prevention Strategies.

Presenters
Erin Kyle, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, Editor in Chief, AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice
Russ Montgomery PhD, Ambu, Director of Health Economics and Market Access
Patrick Hurley PhD, Ambu, Director of Marketing – GI
Christian Escobar, Ambu, Director of Marketing – Visualization
Jens Kemp, Ambu, VP Marketing

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Ambu® Endoscopy Suite

Ambu Pulmonology

Ambu ENT/Otorhinolaryngology

Ambu Gastroenterology

Ambu aScope 4 Cysto


The Endoscopy Evolution: From Reusable to Single-Use

Part 2
In Part 2 of this series, dive into a discussion around endoscope-related outbreaks and infections, a case study focused on infection prevention, and the FDA’s involvement in endoscope processing recommendations. Also review a business case to better understand the health economics story behind single-use endoscope utilization.

Complete the online evaluation to earn 0.83 CH. Accreditation and Disclaimer

This program is approved for up to 1.5 hours of AEUs and up to 1.5 hours of IPCHs by BASC Provider # 0102. The content area for AEUs is Quality Management and the content area for IPCHs is Infection Prevention Strategies.

Presenters
Erin Kyle, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, Editor in Chief, AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice
Russ Montgomery PhD, Ambu, Director of Health Economics and Market Access
Patrick Hurley PhD, Ambu, Director of Marketing – GI
Christian Escobar, Ambu, Director of Marketing – Visualization
Jens Kemp, Ambu, VP Marketing

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Ambu® Endoscopy Suite

Ambu Pulmonology

Ambu ENT/Otorhinolaryngology

Ambu Gastroenterology

Ambu aScope 4 Cysto

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Respiratory Protection

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As new evidence surfaces about how COVID-19 spreads, respiratory protection is top-of-mind for frontline healthcare workers. Hear the latest on AORN’s recommendations for sterile technique and transmission-based precautions related to respiratory protection. You’ll also learn new information on reusable respirators. Speakers will cover:

  • PAPRs and N95s – the developing evidence around their use
  • Hoods and how they differ from PAPRs
  • How newer reusable respiratory products compare to disposables
  • Plus, experts will answer your questions live

Presenters
Julie Cahn, DNP, RN, CNOR, RN-BC, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, AORN Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist
Jon Imms, CleanSpace Technology, Global Technical & Product Director

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Relevant Resources

CleanSpace® Respirators

Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators: COVID-19 | CDC

Temporary Enforcement Guidance - Healthcare Respiratory Protection Annual Fit-Testing for N95 Filtering Facepieces During the COVID-19 Outbreak | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)

Filtering Facepiece Respirators with an Exhalation Valve: Measurements of Filtration Efficiency to Evaluate Their Potential for Source Control | NIOSH | CDC

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OR Efficiency: Less Waste, More Green

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Opportunities and processes exist to improve patient safety, enhance the coordination of care, reduce cost – all while minimizing delays and waste in the OR. Find out how to identify and maximize these crucial opportunities at this Hot Topic Virtual Forum. Attendees will review the correlation between perioperative efficiency and patient safety, as well as the team’s role in conserving resources and contributing to environmental responsibility. Plus, ask the panel of presenters your pertinent questions in a live Q&A.

Presenters
Erin Kyle, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, Editor in Chief, AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice
John Raab, Owens & Minor National Director, Perioperative Service
Vicky Lyle, Owens & Minor Vice President, Industry Associations

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Relevant Resources

AORN Position Statement on Patient Safety

AORN Position Statement on Environmental Responsibility

IHI Value Management, Waste, and Flow

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Surgical Smoke Evacuation in the Time of COVID-19 

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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
Will Riseley, Medtronic U.S. Commercial Marketing Manager, Surgical Innovations
Paul Hrenchir, Medtronic Principal R&D Engineer, Mechanical Hardware Systems

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Management of Surgical Smoke Tool Kit

AORN COVID-19 Support

Stay Updated on the Surgical Smoke Evacuation Bills AORN Tracks Throughout the Year

Go Clear Award Program

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Outpatient Joint Replacement in the ASC

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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.

Presenter
Dr. Joseph Nessler, MD

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Relevant Resources

Custom Solutions for Ambulatory Surgery Centers Brochure

ASC Solutions with Stryker

Stryker ASC Virtual Tour

ASC Administrator Training Course – Virtual Live

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Safety in the OR: Journey to Zero Harm

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
Andrea Zornman, Stryker Brand Manager, SurgiCount

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

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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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Relevant Resources

ASC Administrator Training Course – Virtual Live

Preoperative Care in the ASC

Postoperative Care in the ASC

ASC Infection Prevention Online Course

Safe Administration of Moderate Sedation

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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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Relevant Resources

AORN COVID-19 Tool Kit

AORN COVID-19 FAQs

AORN eGuidelines+

FDA - Emergency Use Authorizations

CDC - Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators using Contingency and Crisis Capacity Strategies

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