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  THIS JUST IN May 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

Natural orifice trials begin

The first three of 140 patients have been enrolled in a clinical trial to see if diseased organs can be removed through two of the body's natural orifices–the vagina and the mouth–as safely and effectively as standard laparoscopic methods.

New rules in surgical management of thyroid cancer

For years the standard treatment for differentiated thyroid carcinoma has been subtotal or total thyroidectomy followed by radioiodine ablation. Recently, however, experts have begun to question this one-size-fits-all approach.

Surgical robot may have caused injuries

The da Vinci surgical robot has been touted as a breakthrough in the quest to make surgery less invasive. At one New England hospital, however, use of the robot is under investigation after several surgical injuries were reported.

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

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

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

Bonus Content
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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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