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AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice - The Essential OR Tool

Achieve Excellence in Perioperative Patient Safety

Previously titled Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices, AORN’s Guidelines for Perioperative Practice are created to provide guidance for achieving excellence in perioperative patient care and workplace safety. This collection of 32 evidence-based guidelines is intended for use by all perioperative professionals to promote safety and optimal outcomes for our patients.

AORN's 32 evidence-based guidelines are divided into 5 main topic areas.

  • Aseptic Practice
  • Equipment and Product Safety
  • Patient and Work Safety
  • Patient Care
  • Sterilization and Disinfection

Ambulatory supplements are also included for the following guidelines.

  • Medication Safety
  • Prevention of Retained Surgical Items
  • Prevention of Transmissible Infections
  • Radiation Safety
  • Safe Environment of Care

2017 Guidelines - All Product Versions

Available for Purchase in 6 Different Formats

Guidelines for Perioperative Practice Print Edition

Print Edition

The premiere resource for evidence-based perioperative practice in a traditional print format.

Guidelines for Perioperative Practice eSubscription


Online edition of the Guidelines. Always up-to-date and designed for facilities to share among departments. Multi-site licensing available.

Guidelines for Perioperative Practice eBook


Mobile app version of the Guidelines. Updates are pushed directly to your device as they become available.

Guidelines for Perioperative Practice USB


Intuitive interface ideal for teaching and presentations.

Guidelines for Perioperative Practice CD


Intuitive interface ideal for teaching and presentations.


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Guideline Essentials

Translate Evidence into Practice

At AORN, our mission is to promote safety and optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. This is why we developed Guideline Essentials, a suite of online implementation tools designed to help you and your organization apply the science behind our evidence-based guidelines. Guideline Essentials is available in the eSubscription and eBook formats.

Guideline Essentials

Need a Previous Edition?

If you need a previous edition of Guidelines for legal research or other purposes, please contact our Experience Services department at custsvc@aorn.org or (800) 755-2676.