Guidelines for Perioperative Practice

Guidelines for Perioperative Practice

Safe Surgery Together

AORN's Guidelines for Perioperative Practice are the gold-standard in evidence-based recommendations to deliver safe perioperative patient care and achieve workplace safety.

Developed by an interdisciplinary panel of clinical experts, and approved by the ECRI Guideline Trust, they will help decrease surgical errors, provide quality measurements, and keep your team members safer.

Get online access to AORN guidelines for your entire facility

eGuidelines Plus is an online facility subscription providing access to the most current AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice complete with tools, customizable templates and resources to empower your team to apply standardized techniques facility-wide.

AORN perioperative guidelines single source of truth for patient and worker safety.

2023 Newly Updated Guidelines:
  • Flexible Endoscopes
  • Information Management
  • Positioning the Patient
  • Product Evaluation
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Pressure Injury Prevention
  • Venous Thromboembolism

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Guideline Development Information

Guideline Infographic

This infographic explains how an AORN guideline is created. This easy-to-read reference can be used as a handy reference tool for your entire perioperative team.

AORN’s Evidence Model

Learn how AORN's evidence model ensures clinical decisions are based on the latest research. Many state health organizations and accreditation bodies refer to AORN’s Guidelines in annual surveys.

Public Commenting

Get involved with the publication of guidelines through the public commenting process. Comments are reviewed by the guideline author(s) and considered for inclusion.


Guideline Implementation Resources

Guidelines Workshops

Take a deep dive into a perioperative topic with the experts and learn how to put clinical recommendations into practice, explore product solutions, and ask your guidelines questions live.

Guideline Implementation Tools

AORN Membership gives free access to these resources. Online education, AORN Journal articles, tool kits, Position Statements, Guideline Essentials, webinars, and FAQs.

Guideline Essentials

Download tools, road maps, case studies, and presentations for each of the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice. Share the short, informational snapshots and videos with staff to ease implementation.

Available for AORN members.

Center of Excellence: Prevention of RSI

This complimentary program explores causes of RSIs and provides ways to mitigate risks. Earn AORN Center of Excellence in Surgical Safety status, proving your commitment to patient safety.