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Operating Room (OR) Unit Manual

The Unit Practice Manual policies can be viewed or printed using Adobe Acrobat.

Please Note: These policies, procedures and protocols are provided for informational purposes only for the staff of John Dempsey Hospital.  The owner and authors assume no liability whatsoever in connection with the use of the information contained within.

The Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice should be used for nursing procedures not found in the Nursing Practice or Unit Practice Manual’s. Procedures in the Nursing Practice Manual or Unit Practice Manuals supersede the Lippincott reference.


Scope of Services

Structure Standards

Clinical Protocol: Anesthesia, Local - Care of the Patient Receiving
Clinical Protocol: Anesthesia, Spinal & Epidural: Perioperative Care of Patients Undergoing
Administrative Procedure: Attire, Surgical
Clinical Protocol: Cardiovascular Monitoring in the Perioperative Phase
Clinical Procedure: Care of Surgical Instruments and Powered Equipment in the Perioperative Setting
Administrative Procedure: Cesarean Section: JDH OR Scrub Person Coverage of L&D/OB-GYN
Clinical Protocol/ Procedure: Counts: Prevention of Retained Surgical Items
Clinical Protocol: Day of Procedure Care, Perioperative Care
Administrative Protocol: Department of Corrections (DOC) Patients in the JDH Perioperative Area: JDH Perioperative
Clinical Procedure: Documentation: Perioperative Electronic and Paper Back-Up
Clinical Protocol/ Procedure: Electrosurgical Unit (ESU) Safety
Environmental Cleaning in the Perioperative Area
Clinical Protocol: Falls: Perioperative Risk Identification, Prevention Management and Treatment of Ambulatory Patients
Administrative Procedure: Fetal Demise in the John Dempsey Hospital Operating Room
Clinical Protocol: Flolan (epoprostenol sodium): Perioperative Care of Patients on IV Continuous Infusion Flolan
Administrative Protocol: Health Care Industry Representative (HCIR) in the Perioperative Setting
Clinical Protocol: Hysteroscopy: Perioperative Care of Patients Undergoing
Administrative Procedure: Implantable Devices
  Reference: Hospital Administrative Manual Policy 11-036
Protocol: Implanted Electronic Cardiac Devices: Perioperative Care of Patients with
Protocol: Jewelry: Wearing of Jewelry and Body Piercings by Patients  During Operative and Invasive Procedures (Nursing Practice Manual)
Protocol/ Procedure: Lasers:  Intraoperative Use of
Clinical Protocol: Latex Allergy Care: Perioperative Division
Clinical Protocol: Malignant Hyperthermia: Perioperative Care of Patients with
Administrative Procedure: Materials Management in the Perioperative Phase
  Form: Vendor Supplied Equipment Tracking Log
Clinical Procedure: Medication: Preparation and Maintenance on the Sterile Field
Clinical Protocol: Nausea and Vomiting: Perioperative Care of Patients with
Clinical Protocol: Pain and Comfort Management: Perioperative Care
Administrative Procedure: Perioperative Electronic Medical Record Modification: SIS Superuser
Protocol: Preoperative Transfusion Services: Extended Type & Screen and Day of Surgery
Clinical Procedure Protocol: Pneumatic Tourniquet Safety
Clinical Protocol Procedure: Positioning
Clinical Protocol: Radiation Safety: Perioperative Patients and Staff
Clinical Protocol: Respiratory Management in the Perioperative Phase
Clinical Procedure: Medication: Preparation and Maintenance on the Sterile Field
Administrative Procedure: Scheduling in the Perioperative Area
Clinical Protocol: Skin Care: Perioperative Care of the Patient at Risk for or with Skin Breakdown
Clinical Procedure: Specimen Care and Handling
Clinical Protocol: Sterile Field: Maintenance of
Administrative Protocol: Sterilization
Other: Surgical Wound Classification Decision Tree
Clinical Protocol: Thermoregulation and Prevention of Unplanned Perioperative Hypothermia
Administrative Clinical Procedure: Tissue Management (Hospital Administrative Manual Policy)
Administrative Clinical Protocol: Tissue Autografts - Cranial Flap Bone Banking for Internal Use
Administrative Clinical Protocol Form Tissue Autografts Tracking Log
Traffic Patterns in Perioperative Setting
Administrative Procedure:

Visitors and Observers in the Perioperative Area

Attachment: Non Paid Student Procedure Guide

Attachment: Verification of School Health Records

Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Recommended Practices

In addition to the above standards, staff in this area are directed to the following AORN Recommended Practices:

  • Endoscopes - Cleaning and Processing
  • Environmental Cleaning in the Surgical Practice Setting
  • Hand Antisepsis, Surgical
  • Skin Antisepsis, Preoperative Patient

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