AORN Issues New Guideline on Pressure Injury Prevention

In May, the Association of Perioperative Nurses (AORN) published an article that outlined 10 New Practices to Protect Patients from Positioning Injuries. To help better understand these new practices, AORN will be conducting a Guideline Workshop Series in six selected cities.

Pressure Injury Prevention:

A growing body of evidence supports creating a guideline specific to support surfaces used for high-risk patients. Patients at high risk for pressure injury should be placed on high-specification reactive or alternating pressure support surfaces before and after surgery.

This new guideline on pressure injury prevention was written to reflect the growing evidence around protecting patients from positioning injuries that warranted a new guideline on the topic. 

Previously, information on pressure injury was contained in the positioning guideline. During this review, that information was expanded and updated for new evidence and made into its own guideline.

Based on observation, AORN does a 3- to 5-year review of the guidelines, generally. This was a 5-year review of positioning, and a new pressure injury guideline was created simultaneously.

Guidelines Workshop:

Attend an informative, interactive, one-day workshop at a city near you and take a deep dive into focused perioperative topics. It’s a unique opportunity to hear the latest updates to these guidelines and polish your understanding of why they’re critical to patient and worker safety.

AORN is planning a Guideline Workshop Series in six selected cities.

September, 17 in Raleigh, NC

September, 24 in Philadelphia, PA

October, 8 in Kansas City, MO

October, 22 in Los Angeles, CA

November, 5 in Atlanta, GA

November, 12 in Dallas, TX

To help support the AORN Guideline Workshop Series, Dabir Surfaces, Inc. will host a lunch session entitled “Preventing Perioperative Pressure Injury – A New Guideline.” This lunch presentation will provide new and updated guidance to perioperative nurses for preventing pressure injury in patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures in the perioperative practice setting.

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