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February 2021 Issue

This February issue includes a CE article on risk mitigation strategies for preventing the transmission of COVID-19 in the perioperative environment; and a CE article on regional blocks, which are a mode of primary anesthesia and a component of a multimodal approach to pain management after a surgical intervention or procedure. The Clinical Issues column explores moving the surgical lights over a sterile field, transport stretchers in the OR, using positive-pressure ORs for patients who require airborne precautions, and discontinuing the use of intraoperative bacitracin irrigation.

Featured CE Articles

1. COVID-19 in the Perioperative Setting: Applying a Hierarchy of Controls to Prevent Transmission

Health care delivery and infection prevention and control recommendations continue to evolve to protect the safety of health care personnel, patients, and visitors while researchers and policymakers learn more about SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. This article presents risk mitigation strategies for preventing the transmission of COVID-19 in the perioperative environment. The goals are to identify and eliminate potential exposure to SARS-CoV-2 when surgery is necessary for patients who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 or who have an unknown infection status.

2. Safety First: Providing Comprehensive Perioperative Care for Patients Undergoing Regional Blocks

Regional blocks, often termed regional anesthesia, are a mode of primary anesthesia and a component of a multimodal approach to pain management after a surgical intervention or procedure. As a result of advancements in anesthesia techniques, such as the use of nerve stimulation or ultrasound technology during block placement, regional anesthesia has become an important component of perioperative pain management and can help reduce a patient’s postoperative pain and narcotic consumption. Perioperative nurses who are well-informed on regional anesthesia may provide safer patient care during and after block procedures.

Clinical Issues

Clinical Issues—February 2021

This month’s Q&A column addresses the following topics:
  • Moving the surgical lights over a sterile field
  • Transport stretchers in the OR
  • Using positive-pressure ORs for patients who require airborne precautions
  • Discontinuing the use of intraoperative bacitracin irrigation

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