AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice

AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice
  • 2017
  • © AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses)
  • Ramona Conner, MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN
  • ISBN-10: 0-939583-01-1 / ISBN-13: 978-0-939583-01-0
  • Nursing, Surgery


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A Critical Resource for Patient and Workplace Safety

Divided into five main topic areas, this essential resource provides 32 evidence-based guidelines for all perioperative and invasive procedures. Many accrediting bodies and state health agencies use the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice during their surveys making implementation of these guidelines critical to patient and workplace safety, managing risk, and securing healthcare reimbursements.

The 2017 edition includes the following extensively revised, evidence-based guidelines:

  • • Hand Hygiene
  • • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • • Patient Information Management
  • • Surgical Smoke Safety
  • • Safe Use of Energy-Generating Devices

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, Part 1


Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"AORN has been providing recommended practices and standards of practice since 1978. This 2011 version includes all of the current standards recommended and provides the revisions for the four specific areas of perioperative practice. These standards are under continuous scrutiny by the AORN Recommended Practices Committee and it is essential for those who practice in this area to have the latest recommendations."

-- Margaret Holder, BSN, MSN, PhD (University of North Florida Brooks College of Health) Doody's Review - previous edition



Written especially for nurses engaged in perioperative practice in all clinical settings, the book is also useful for anyone responsible for oversight, including administrators of perioperative centers or practice areas. The members of the Recommended Practices Committee and Perioperative Nursing Specialists who reviewed and developed these standards are all experts in this area.


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