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  THIS JUST IN June 2010  
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.

“Awake” surgery receives high patient satisfaction scores

In a recent clinical feasibility study, a thoracic surgical team at the University of Barcelona’s Hospital Clinic in Spain performed surgery on 20 patients with upper tracheal stenosis using cervical epidural anesthesia, conscious sedation, and atomized local anesthetic. Neither intraoperative intubation nor jet ventilation was employed, and patients reported high levels of satisfaction afterward.

Better postoperative healing using platelets?

A new technique using platelet-rich plasma, made from a patient’s own blood, is being used to treat muscle sprains, tendon pulls and tears, arthritis, bone fractures, and even surgical wounds.

New Web site encourages adverse event reports

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched the Safety Reporting Portal (SRP) web site allowing increased accessibility to submit reports concerning FDA-regulated products.

Earn CE credit by reading these peer-reviewed, continuing education articles from OR Nurse 2010 and taking the tests.

Online CE: Optimal outcomes for the obese pediatric patient
Maureen Schnur, MS, RN, CPAN and Mary Ellen Pierce, MS, RN, CPN

Earn 2.1 Contact Hours

Online CE: Surgical management of patients with cleft palate
Janine Brailsford, BSN, RN, CNOR; Deborah D. Smith, BSN, RN, CNOR; Ana K. Lizarraga, MD; and Luis E. Bermudez, MD

Earn 2.3 Contact Hours

Bonus Content
Be sure to take advantage of these bonus articles from OR Nurse 2010. By accessing them through your eNews link, you can read the articles free of charge.

Positioning and transferring your patient safely
Daisie Snyder, BSN, RN

How green is your OR?
Gary Laustsen, PhD, RN, FNP-BC


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  • Cervical spine injuries
  • Post-op cognitive dysfunction
  • Perioperative briefings
  • Legal issues in the OR
  • Robotic prostatectomy
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