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J Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2017 Jul-Sep;31(3):659-665.

Evolving safety practices in the setting of modern complex operating room: role of nurses.

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1
Department of Operating Room, the First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China
2
Department of Nursing, the First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China
3
Department of Thoracic Surgery, the First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China

Abstract

Operating room (OR) nursing previously referred to patient care provided during the intra-operative phase and the service provided within the OR itself. With the expansion of responsibilities of nurses, OR nursing now includes pre-operative and post-operative periods, therefore peri-operative nursing is accepted as a nursing process in OR in the contemporary medical literature. Peri-operative nurses provide care to the surgical patients during the entire process of surgery. They have several roles including those of manager or a director, clinical practitioner (scrub nurse, circulating nurse and nurse anesthetist), educator as well as researcher. Although, utmost priority is placed on insuring patient safety and well-being, they are also expected to participate in professional organization, continuing medical education programs and participating in research activities. A Surgical Patient Safety Checklist formulated by the World Health Organization serves as a major guideline to all activities in OR, and peri-operative nurses are key personnel in its implementation. Communication among the various players of a procedure in OR is key to successful patient outcome, and peri-operative nurses have a central role in making it happen. Setting up of OR in military conflict zones or places that suffering a widespread natural disaster poses a unique challenge to nursing. This review discusses all aspects of peri-operative nursing and suggests points of improvement in patient care.

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