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Welcome to the first edition of the OR Nurse2009 eNews, an online component to the OR Nurse2009 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 Nurse2009 journal, visit us at www.ornursejournal.com.

Issue Highlights

 Online CE: Finding relief with endovenous ablation
Varicose veins of the legs are a common condition caused by venous insufficiency as a result of valve reflux. Most varices are located in the greater saphenous vein (GSV) and the majority of sufferers tend to be female. The most common symptoms are described as heaviness, fatigue, or throbbing pain in the legs. Traditionally, treatment of varicose veins involved an invasive procedure of groin to ankle stripping and ligation of the GSV. More recently, minimally invasive treatments consist of endovenous laser treatment, sclerotherapy, ambulatory (mini) phlebectomy, and radiofrequency endovenous ablation (RFA). This review will focus on the RFA technology in the outpatient setting. Earn 1.9 Contact Hours

 Online CE: The eyes have it
Oculoplastic surgery studies the complex anatomy of the eyelids, orbits, lacrimal system, and face. The field has expanded to treat many cosmetic and reconstructive procedures on the entire face, and many within the field have changed the term to �oculofacial and orbital surgery.� The modern oculoplastic surgeon can treat diseases of the eyelids, face, orbits, and lacrimal drainage system, and primary care providers should be familiar with this anatomy to properly refer patients to specialists. Earn 1.9 Contact Hours

 Double Gloving in the OR
It's been reported that glove barrier failure is as common as 61% for thoracic surgeons and 40% for scrub personnel. Wearing two pairs of sterile gloves during surgical procedures, or �double gloving,� is a practice healthcare professionals use to lessen their risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens by providing a �back up� layer of protection when glove integrity becomes compromised during an invasive procedure.

 Know the risk factors for retained foreign bodies
Retained foreign bodies can have catastrophic results for patients. Patient complications include: hospital readmission or prolonged stay, additional surgical procedures, infection or sepsis, bowel obstructions or perforation, or death.

New cranial stabilization system launched
A new cranial stabilization system spotlighted at the XIV World Congress of Neurological Surgery in Boston, Massachusetts, August 30 - September 3, 2009, provides better fixation of a patient's skull for use in neurosurgical procedures. More
Laparoscopic Surgery
Pros and cons of SILS
A new method of surgery for weight loss called single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) requires only one incision in the abdomen rather than several, which minimizes scarring. According to experts, while the new technique may be beneficial, but proper patient selection is key. More
Wound Care
Diabetic foot amputations can be prevented
With proper care, experts claim that many of the 80,000-plus amputations of toes, feet, and lower legs due to diabetes are preventable. More

Surgical Reports

 Drug prevents CMV in children undergoing transplants
Roche's drug Valcyte has been approved to prevent the common cytomegalovirus in children who have received kidney or heart transplants.
 New technique may improve visual field after cataract surgery
A new study shows that posterior vitrectomy using 25-guage instrumentation after congenital cataract surgery may aid in preventing secondary opacification.
 Surgical robots join the battle against cancer
Doctors in Michigan are using robotic surgery and precision radiation to help them fight cancer in new ways.

Learning Center

Hospital Acquired Conditions: Learn strategies to prevent Surgical Site Infections:
The recent CMS mandate presents challenges to you, your patients, and the hospital. Reducing the incidence of hospital acquired conditions, including surgical site infections, catheter-related bloodstream infections and pressure ulcers is not only critical to patient care, it is crucial to minimizing the financial impact on the hospital. Learn strategies to help prevent Hospital Acquired Conditions through free CE credit, webcasts and more

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Stay Tuned
Coming in OR Nurse 2009's November issue

  • Functional endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Thyroidectomy
  • PONV

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