Fast Facts for the Operating Room Nurse

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Fast Facts for the Operating Room Nurse

SKU# 9780826123688

An Orientation and Care Guide in a Nutshell

Author: Theresa Criscitelli EdD, RN, CNOR


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"The concise, easy-to-access resource is aimed at nurses who are new to the operating room and the experienced nurses who guide them... The $30 book contains a wealth of current, evidence-based clinical practice information that perioperative nurses need daily." --Dan O'Connor, Outpatient Surgery Magazine

This pocket-size book offers concise information for rapid reference, step-by-step instructions for perioperative practices, and evidence-based content based on current perioperative standards and recommended practices. ÖNovice nurses, students, and seasoned preceptors will be delighted to learn how easily this go-to guide will provide immediate reference to perioperative practices and information, all while fitting into a pocket for easy retrieval.

óKay Ball, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN

Associate Professor, Nursing, Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio Past President, Association of periOperative Registered Nurses From the Foreword

This is a concise, easy-to-access resource for nurses who are new to the operating room (OR) and the experienced nurses who guide them. Condensing volumes of OR content into one pithy, pocket-size book, it contains a wealth of current, evidence-based clinical practice information perioperative nurses need daily. Based on current standards and recommended practices, it is organized to provide speedy access to critical information. Its lucid, step-by-step format helps new nurses to better understand the complex skills and techniques required in the OR.

Focusing on safety and specific patient interventions, orientation information including supplies needed and important protocols is covered. It addresses personal and patient preparation, environmental concerns, and documentation requirements, and describes the wide range of specific technical skills needed by both circulating and scrub nurses. Each chapter introduces concepts and sets clear learning objectives. Also included is an overview of the most common surgical procedures. New perioperative nurses in orientation and their preceptors will find this book to be a welcome addition to the learning process.

Key Features:
  • Provides must-have OR orientation information for new nurses and their preceptors
  • Contains key information on patient preparation, aseptic technique, surgical procedures, anesthesia considerations, and documentation
  • Based on the most up-to-date evidence in the literature
  • Includes Fast Facts in a Nutshell feature to reinforce important information

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 05, 2014
  • Page Count 240
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826123688
  • EISBN 9780826123695

Table of Contents 

Foreword by Kay Ball, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN

Foreword by Caroline Kaufmann, RN, CNOR




Part I: Personal and Patient Preparation

1. Surgical Attire

2. Preoperative Considerations

3. Patient Positioning

4. Surgical Skin Preparation

5. Draping the Patient for Surgery

Part II: Environment and Processing Considerations

6. Operating Room Environment Requirements

7. Sterile Technique

8. Sterilization and Central Processing

9. Surgical Supplies

Part III: Surgical Basics

10. Basic Surgical Procedures

11. Surgical Instrumentation

12. Electrosurgery

13. Surgical Energy and Stapling Devices

14. Surgical Dressings

Part IV: Additional Operating Room Considerations

15. Medications

16. Anesthesia

17. Complications and Emergencies in the Operating Room

18. Legal Aspects of Operating Room Practice