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Atlantic General Hospital Nurses Present Clinical Innovation at National Conference

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.

First Assist
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.

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