AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice

AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice
2020 © AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses)
ISBN-10: 0-939583-06-2 / ISBN-13: 978-0-939583-06-5
Nursing, Surgery


This essential resource provides 33 evidence-based guidelines for all perioperative and invasive procedures. The 2020 edition includes an updated evidence model throughout and has been redesigned and enhanced for easier implementation of recommendations.

Many accrediting bodies and state health agencies use the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice during their surveys making the implementation of these guidelines critical to patient and workplace safety, managing risk, and survey readiness.

The 2020 edition includes new versions of the following guidelines:

  • • Autologous Tissue Management
  • • Environmental Cleaning
  • • Hypothermia
  • • Packaging Systems
  • • Sharps Safety

Ambulatory Supplements are also included for the following guidelines:

  • • Medication Safety
  • • Radiation Safety
  • • Retained Surgical Items
  • • Safe Environment of Care, Part 1
  • • Transmissible Infections

Doody's Reviews

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Specialty Score: 2.73 Nursing - Perioperative
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"AORN has been providing recommended practices and standards of practice since 1978. This 2011 version includes all of the current standards recommended and provides the revisions for the four specific areas of perioperative practice. These standards are under continuous scrutiny by the AORN Recommended Practices Committee and it is essential for those who practice in this area to have the latest recommendations."

-- Margaret Holder, BSN, MSN, PhD (University of North Florida Brooks College of Health) Doody's Review - previous edition


Written especially for nurses engaged in perioperative practice in all clinical settings, the book is also useful for anyone responsible for oversight, including administrators of perioperative centers or practice areas. The members of the Recommended Practices Committee and Perioperative Nursing Specialists who reviewed and developed these standards are all experts in this area.

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