Perioperative Safety

Perioperative Safety

By Donna S. Watson, RN, MSN, CNOR, ARNP-BC, FNP-C, Senior Clinical Educator, Covidien Energy-Based Devices, Boulder, CO


Unit I:  Overview of Perioperative Safety

1. Essential Components for a Patient Safety Strategy

2. Initiatives to Improve Patient Safety

3. Use of MEDMARX Data for the Support and Development of Perioperative Medication Policy

4. Competence, Nursing Practice, and Safe Patient Care

Unit II:  Patient Safety

5. Perioperative Safe Medication Use: A Focused Review

6. Fire Prevention in the Perioperative Setting: Perioperative Fires Can Occur Everywhere

7. Bloodless Surgery and Patient Safety Issues

8. Perioperative Patient Safety and Procedural Sedation

9. Incidence of Deep Venous Thrombosis in the Surgical Patient Population and Prophylactic Measures to Reduce Occurrence

10. Preventative Measures for Wrong Site, Wrong Person and Wrong Procedure Errors in the Perioperative Setting

11. To Count or Not to Count: A Surgical Misadventure

12. Anesthesia and Perioperative Safety

13. Preventing Surgical Site Infections

14. Prevention of Positioning Injuries

15. Normothermia Management: Prevention of Harm from Perioperative Hypothermia

16. Electrosurgery

Unit III:  Workplace Safety

17. Workplace Safety Current Issues & Trends

18. Hazards from Surgical Smoke: Decreasing Your Risk

19. Bloodborne Pathogens

20. Laser Risks and Preventive Measures for Staff

21. Preventing Back Injuries: Patient Transfer and Mobility

22. Latex Allergy

23. Minimizing Radiation Exposure

24. Infectious Disease Exposure

25. Dealing with Disruptive Behavior in the Perioperative Setting

Unit IV:  Looking Ahead

26. Safety in the Perioperative Setting: Vendor Support

27. Using Human Factors to Balance Your Operating Room