The upcoming Association of periOperative Registered Nurses(AORN) Congress, March 21-25, 2004 in San Diego, reflects a wide range of issuesand topics of interest to perioperative registered nurses, centralservice/sterile processing professionals and infection control professionals.AORN has worked hard to put together a thought-provoking education program withsomething for everyone, including managers, those with a clinical focus, andstudents and faculty.
AORNs education sessions:
Present information related to current issues, trends, andfuture challenges affecting perioperative nursing practice
Provide insightinto major perioperative safety trends
Explore leadership and management strategies to improve team collaboration and operations
Identify best clinical practices to improve patient outcomes
Present education techniques and strategies
Explore strategies for increasing the voice of perioperative nurses in the legislative/health policy arena
Enhance personal and professional balance
Additionally, education sessions of particular interest to infection control professionals, include:
Environmental Surveillance in the Operating Room
WhatAre The Facts in Musculosketal Allograft Tissue Safety, Infectious DiseaseTesting, and Regulation?
AAMI Standards for Protective Barriers
Operation Iraqi Freedom and Surgery in an Austere Field Setting
Whats Next? Current Issues in Epidemiology
Flash: What Do I Need to Know About Sterilization Process Monitoring
Road to Implementation: Translating SIP (Surgical Infection Prevention Project) Into Daily Practice
Chemical and Infectious Agents: Are You Safe?
AORNs Patient Safety First Track includes sessionsthat provide information and insight into perioperative safety trends,including:
Human Factors Training explore the critical importance of effective communication and teamwork in providing safety for providers and patients.
Workplace Safety: Part One explore the role of theOccupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in prioritizing the healthand safety of workers. Part Two leave this session with a betterunderstanding of the global impact of fatigue on safety, fatigue as a healthcareand community issue, and studies that have been undertaken to document theimpact of fatigue.
Creating a Culture of Patient Safety and Efficiency identify, plan, and implement systems and tools for patient safety initiatives.Areas of focus include JCAHO standards and ways to develop, implement andmonitor different standards in perioperative services.
Dietary Supplements: What You Dont Know Can Hurt Your Patients
Perioperative Considerations When the Patient is a Diabetic
A Nursing Teams Emotional Response to a Widely Publicized Sentinel Event Incident Reports: Can They Improve Patient Safety?
Malignant Hyperthermia Simulation Improves Safety
Against All Odds: Practical Approaches to Implement Best Practices in the OR
Minimizing Risk and Ensuring Safety
Patient Safety in the Ambulatory Setting
High-Alert Medications: A Case-Based Approach to Understanding the Problems and Designing Solutions
Dont Be Left Out in the Cold Emphasizing theimportance of maintaining normothermia for the perioperative patient.
Massive Transfusion Managing Hemorrhage in the Trauma Patient
Ambulatory Update: Another Look at HIPAA
Managing the Unmanageable: Scheduling as the First Line of Defense in the Battle of Operational Efficiency
Responding to the Unthinkable: Duke University Hospitals Experience with a Transplant Sentinel Event
This years Congresstheme, Unity: Perioperative Partnerships, reflects AORNs diversity asan organization and how it gives us the opportunity to hear various opinions andsuggestions from all segments of the membership and interdisciplinary team,including industry partners. A united front of diverse interests has more powerthan one voice. Although individuals can and do accomplish goals, greatness isaccomplished by working together. No individual has knowledge of all facets ofan issue, but by listening to each other and team members, we can fullyunderstand and address the issues.
For more information or to register, visit AORN online atwww.aorn.org or contact AORN Customer Service at (800) 755-2676, ext 1. Betty J. Shultz, RN, CNOR, is president of AORN.