Guideline Implementation: A Safe Environment of Care

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Volume 110, Issue 2 - August 2019
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Guideline Implementation: A Safe Environment of Care

The OR can be a hazardous environment for both patients and personnel. Low lighting, fluid on the floor, combustible and noxious chemicals, multiple pieces of equipment with cords, the fast pace, and numerous distractions are only some of the factors that can lead to an accident or injury. The AORN “Guideline for a safe environment of care” provides guidance to perioperative personnel on identifying hazards and implementing processes to mitigate risks in the perioperative setting. This article elaborates on key takeaways from the guideline, including precautions to reduce the risk of OR fires; occupational injuries associated with slips, trips, and falls; and handling, storing, and using hazardous chemicals. Perioperative RNs should review the complete guideline for additional information and for guidance when writing and updating policies and procedures.

Key words: injury, fire, falls, hazards, safety.