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Nurse continuing education courses

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Handle with Care: Clinical Considerations of Suctioning

Course Code:1245 / online
  • 2 contact hours
  • Perioperative Nurses

Improving the safety of care for all patients has taken on greater significance in light of recent events that have caused patient harm or death in hospitals, and also in the face of various initiatives aimed at improving the quality of patient care. Suctioning is one aspect of perioperative care that can be associated with adverse patient outcomes, if not performed correctly. In addition, it is often overlooked in the overall picture of patient safety, as many health care workers are not fully aware of the potential risks associated with suctioning. Because suctioning can facilitate safe patient care only if it is performed properly, personnel should have an understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of suctioning techniques. This continuing education activity will provide a review of the clinical implications related to suctioning used in various aspects of perioperative patient care. Operative and invasive procedures across multiple surgical specialties that require suctioning will be outlined. Key considerations regarding intraoperative and postoperative suctioning of body cavities, including the use of negative pressure vacuum drains, will be explored. Finally, tissue considerations related to various suctioning procedures will be discussed.

Hazards of High-Flow, High-Suction Systems: Know Your Role

Course Code:1249 / online
  • 2 contact hours
  • Perioperative Nurses

Continuing to improve overall efficiencies while providing safe, high quality care is an ongoing goal in all perioperative practice settings. This has taken on greater significance due to recent events that have caused patient harm or death in health care facilities and also in the face of various initiatives aimed at improving the quality of patient care. Suctioning is one aspect of care that assists in achieving this goal, but may be overlooked in the overall picture of safety in the operating room (OR), as members of the perioperative team may not be fully aware of the potential associated risks. Moreover, suction equipment can facilitate patient and staff safety only if it is functioning properly and users know how to use it correctly. In regards to safe suctioning with the use of highflow, high-suction systems during surgical procedures, it is imperative that all members of the perioperative team demonstrate proficiency in the use of this specialized equipment. In addition, while members of the perioperative team play different but integral roles, it is important that they understand each other’s responsibilities and collaborate effectively when using these devices to provide a safe environment of care and reduce the risk for patient injury. This continuing education activity will provide information related to the roles and responsibilities of the perioperative team associated with the use of high-flow, high-suction systems in the OR. It will provide a brief review of the hazards of fluid waste and smoke in the OR for both patients and staff. The responsibilities of the surgical team in the set up and use of a high-flow, high-suction system, including the topics that should be included in the initial education and the critical components of an optional pre-procedure checklist, will be discussed. Parameters for equipment use that should be documented in the patient’s health care record will be reviewed. Lastly, the importance and key elements of proficiency assessment and documentation for each member of the surgical team related to the use of high-flow, high-suction systems will be outlined.

The Role of Cleaning and Sterilization in Infection Control: A Focus on Powered Surgical Instruments

Course Code: 3895 / classroom 1251 / online
  • 2 contact hours
  • Perioperative Nurses
  • Sterile Processing Personnel
  • Surgical Technologists

The sterile processing of instruments, devices, and items is a significant part of infection control in health care practice. This activity will explore the importance of infection prevention and its impact on patient outcomes. The proper steps and key clinical considerations for instrument cleaning and decontamination will be reviewed. The differences between sterilization and high-level disinfection will be discussed. Different methods of sterilization will be defined and the significance of sterilization monitoring as it impacts patient outcomes will also be included. Finally, current guidelines and recommended practices for proper decontamination and sterilization of these devices will be outlined.

The Science of Suction: Know the Basics

Course Code:1244 / online
  • 2 contact hours
  • Perioperative Nurses

Suctioning is an essential part of clinical practice but few perioperative personnel receive training on the scientific principles that govern its safe use. Safe suctioning is achieved by facilitating a high rate of flow at the lowest operating negative pressure. This means that suction equipment must function properly and be set correctly. This continuing education activity will provide fundamental information related to the science of volumetric pressure and the relationship between vacuum and suction. The units used to measure negative pressure in a clinical setting will be discussed along with the role of various types of vacuum/suction regulators. The major factors that affect the flow rate of suction systems will be described, as will the rationale and procedure for setting maximum negative pressures for procedures. Finally, troubleshooting the possible scenarios that may occur with negative pressure (vacuum) and air flow rates in the clinical settings will be discussed.

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