Guideline Essentials

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, an advanced suite of online implementation tools designed to help you and your organization Translate Evidence into Practice.

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  • Energy-Generating Devices
  • Environmental Cleaning
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Hypothermia
  • Information Management
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Moderate Sedation
  • Positioning the Patient
  • Processing Flexible Endoscopes
  • Radiation Safety
  • Retained Surgical Items
  • Sharps Safety
  • Skin Antisepsis
  • Specimen Management
  • Surgical Attire
  • Surgical Smoke

Three Ways to Access

Guideline Essentials will assist your perioperative team with implementing the AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice. Some key features include: Guideline at a Glance, quick instructional video clips, and simple implementation steps.

AORN Members

AORN Members have exclusive access to the Guideline Essentials. Click below to join or login for immediate access.


The online edition is perfect for facilities to share among multiple users.

eBook Mobile App

With the eBook Mobile App, the latest updates to AORN's Guidelines for Perioperative Practice are pushed directly to your device as they become available throughout the year.