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The OR Nurse2010 eNews is a monthly online component to the OR Nurse2010 journal. This monthly newsletter will keep you on the cutting edge of new technologies, practice recommendations, and the latest standards to help you meet your toughest OR challenges. Best of all, the eNews is free! If you would like to receive the OR Nurse2010 journal, visit us at www.ornursejournal.com.

OR Nurse 2010 is currently seeking stories from real nurses about some of the more touching, funny, heartbreaking or simply unbelievable experiences they�ve had in the operating room or PACU throughout their nursing career. For more information, email Daniella.Thoren@wolterskluwer.com.

Issue Highlights

 Online CE: Nissen fundoplication for repair of hiatal hernia
The most common procedure to correct hiatal hernias is the Nissen fundoplication, which is meant to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter, restore the intra-abdominal esophagus, reconstruct the diaphragmatic hiatus, and reinforce the lower esophageal sphincter. Earn 2.0 Contact Hours

 Online CE: Maintaining skin integrity in the OR
A pressure ulcer can affect the length of hospital stay for surgical patients, increase costs for the patient and the healthcare system, and predispose the patient to additional complications such as bacteremia, squamous cell carcinoma, osteomyelitis, and sepsis. Earn 1.9 Contact Hours

 Stopping SSIs in their tracks
Identifying S. aureus colonization during the presurgical screening process is important to help reduce infections. In this article, the authors document the effectiveness of preoperative surveillance and topical decolonization on reducing SSI rates.

 Warm hands, warm heart: Perioperative prevention of unintended hypothermia
Stay in step with the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals by initiating an assessment of hypothermia potential during patient care routines and supporting efforts to prevent and treat hypothermia as a priority.

 OR Communication: Help or hindrance?
The institution of the �time-out�, the World Health Organization�s checklist, and other communication techniques were designed to help the OR team deliver better patient care, avoid errors, and improve the surgical experience. Take this survey and let us know if these techniques are helping your facility, or have we gone overboard with precautions without much improvement? We�ll publish the results in an upcoming issue of the journal.


Refractive Surgery
New corneal transplant procedure proves successful
A newer corneal transplant procedure appears to provide comparable longer-term success to the once-standard penetrating keratoplasty (PKP), with endothelial cell loss possibly less of a long-term concern than thought. More

New Technology
Maryland hospital unveils state-of-the-art OR
Surgical services are at the center of Maryland General Hospital�s $57 million high-tech Core Facilities Expansion Project. With 30,000 square feet devoted to eight new large operating suites, six are fully integrated with the Stryker iSuite System, the most advanced operating room technology available today. More

Breakthrough Studies
Stent grafts superior to balloon angioplasty in dialysis patients
A randomized multicenter study of 190 patients at 13 medical centers shows�for the first time�the "superior" benefit of stent grafts over balloon angioplasty for maintaining function of dialysis access grafts in kidney failure patients who undergo dialysis. More

AORN Congress, March 13 � 18, Denver CO

The annual meeting of the Association for periOperative Nurses is just around the corner, and OR Nurse 2010 staff will be on hand to distribute free copies of the journal, answer any questions, and network with attendees. Visit us at booth 3806 and be entered to win a new COACH handbag!

And while you�re in the Exhibit Hall, be sure to check out the following vendors:

Worldwide Travel Staffing

Memorial Hermann (Houston, Texas)

University of Virginia Health System

Enthermics Medical Systems

HCA West Florida

LMA North America

Virginia Commonwealth

University Health System

Stay Tuned
Coming in OR Nurse 2010's May issue

  • Caring for the obese pediatric patient
  • Surgical management of patients with cleft palate
  • How green is your OR?

Have you ever thought about being published in a professional nursing journal? Now is your chance! OR Nurse 2010 is currently accepting qualified articles on topics such as surgical procedures, infection control standards, management practices, and even short clinical pearls to help your colleagues succeed in the OR. For more information, visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/lwwesubmissions/


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