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AORN Matters

AORN has launched a new information campaign spotlighting the work members and the association do to advance the perioperative profession. Come back to this page throughout the year to read more.


For 20 years, AORN has convened an interdisciplinary panel of experts to collaborate in reviewing draft documents, provide input, review public comments, and vote on each guideline before it is approved and published.

AORN asked four members of the Guidelines Advisory Board (GAB) and AORN’s Editor-in-Chief of the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice to share some insights to how their collaboration works:

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AORN Matters - Collaboration


Doreen Wagner, PhD, RN, CNOR

Since I was a child, I always asked questions and anticipated a response. Nursing research is asking nursing-related questions and looking for responses that may impact patients, practices, or health policies.

In my studies of unplanned perioperative hypothermia findings showed that longer periods of unplanned hypothermia were protective against development of postoperative delirium in older patients; but it was a contributing factor to postoperative delirium in younger patients, particularly the sicker patients (ASA class 4).

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Doreen Wagner, PhD, RN, CNOR


Mary Jo Steiert

In 2008, following initial international research on the effectiveness of checklists in reducing surgical errors, the World Health Organization gathered providers in Switzerland to refine a universal and standardized Surgical Safety Checklist. AORN was invited to participate in discussions about the contents before introducing the checklist in the United States.

When then-AORN President Mary Jo Steiert and AORN CEO Linda Groah arrived in Geneva, they discovered they were among only eight nurses taking part, along with more than 100 surgeons, anesthesia providers and other practitioners, and a single patient advocate.

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Mary Jo Steiert