Atlantic General Hospital’s surgical nursing staff was selected to
present a clinical innovation at the AORN 54th Annual Congress, which
is attended by nearly 7000 perioperative professionals each year.
AGH’s OR nurses submitted an abstract to AORN after participating
in a cadaver lab held at the Maryland State Anatomy Board in June 2006.
During the day-long lab, twelve surgical team members reviewed anatomy,
performed mock surgical procedures and practiced first assist skills under
the guidance of Thuan Dang, M.D., who is a surgeon at Atlantic General Hospital.
The cadaver lab’s innovation lies in the additional hands-on training
that nurses working toward their first assist certification receive before
using their skills with a live patient in the OR.
In addition to presenting at the AORN Congress, Atlantic General’s
OR nurses are recognized with a publication of their abstract in the AORN
Congress manual. This resource handbook summarizes presentations and is
a tool used by attendees to plan their itinerary during the event.
The Congress was held this month in Orlando, Fla.
AORN is the professional organization of perioperative registered nurses
whose mission is to support registered nurses in achieving optimal outcomes
for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures.
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Registered nurse first assists can help surgeons by tying blood vessels,
making stab wounds for drains, applying dressings, and writing up postoperative
orders. First assists are also able to perform pre-operative evaluations
and teach patients about how to care for themselves after an operation.