ORNAC standards, guidelines, and position statements for perioperative registered nurses
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ORNAC, 15th edition
The intended application of these standards is for the perioperative environment. It is the responsibility of the individual perioperative RN and health care organization to ensure that the most current recommendations are being used. It is the responsibility of the users of this document to apply it in the context of their individual setting, respecting federal and provincial/territorial regulations and laws.
The 2021 Standards Committee is excited to present this edition. The front matter has been updated with ORNAC’s new mission, vision, and values statements and information regarding scope of practice. Additionally, we have included updates to Section 2 regarding gloves, eyewear, and masks and Section 3 regarding venous thromboembolism (VTE). Significant content has been added to Section 5; the standards in 5.10 Pandemic Planning identify best practices during pandemic/epidemic situations. This new content will serve to lay the groundwork for evidence-based practices as they continue to evolve. The entire document has been edited for compliance with Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th edition.