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AORN Live Events Guidelines Workshop.

Back by popular demand and in-person for the first time since 2019!

Attend an informative, interactive, one-day workshop at a city near you and take a deep dive into focused perioperative topics while you:

  • Learn how to put clinical recommendations into practice with hands-on sessions.
  • Test your knowledge and identify gaps.
  • See and experience the latest products and solutions that support your practice.
  • Ask questions of the experts who write AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice – the evidence-based standard for surgical safety.
  • Enjoy breakfast and lunch with your peers.
  • Earn 4.5 CH.

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RSI Challenge

Operating room equipment in use during surgery. 

Put your knowledge about preventing RSIs to the test. Throughout the challenge you’ll learn the most recent updates to the AORN Guideline for Preventing Unintentionally Retained Surgical Items, including recommendations on safe use of adjunct technology, when instruments should be counted, and how to prevent retained guidewires.

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A Breath of Fresh Air

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Increase your understanding of the updated AORN guideline for surgical smoke safety and understand how to implement the surgical smoke safety hierarchy of controls into practice. You’ll review the hazards found in surgical smoke and related adverse health effects. Plus, work as a team to find out who knows the most about surgical smoke safety.

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Stop the Clot!

Graphic of vein with blood moving through. 

Enhance your knowledge about the updated AORN Guideline for Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism and leave with a strong understanding of nursing interventions and clot-prevention strategies. Practice using the Caprini VTE risk tool with mock patient histories and see who can accurately arrive at a VTE risk score.

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Pre-op Patient Skin Antisepsis: More Than Just Skin Prep

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Preparation of the patient’s skin is usually the first thing that comes to mind when we hear “skin antisepsis,” but preoperative patient skin antisepsis is so much more. Join us as we review these components, along with the evidence-based recommendations for their implementation.

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DABIR Lunch Sponsor IconLunch Session: Preventing Perioperative Pressure Injury - A New Guideline

This guideline presentation will provide new and updated guidance to perioperative nurses for preventing perioperative pressure injury in patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures in the perioperative practice setting.


Cary, NC
Embassy Suites by Hilton Raleigh Durham Research Triangle
Sept. 17 Registration Closed
Philadelphia, PA
Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City
Sept. 24 Registration Closed
Kansas City, MO
Hilton Kansas City Airport
Long Beach, CA
Long Beach Marriott
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
Dallas, TX
Sheraton Dallas Hotel by the Galleria

Traveling from out of state?

Be sure to check locally for housing accommodations and plan ahead, as rates fluctuate and capacities vary.

What to Expect

  • Workshops are intended to inform and inspire your practice. You’ll leave refreshed with confidence in applying the latest evidence-based practices.
  • You’ll participate in five didactic and interactive presentations by AORN Guideline Authors on the topics of: prevention of retained surgical items (RSI), surgical smoke safety, prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE), perioperative patient skin antisepsis, and perioperative pressure injury prevention.
  • It’s a unique opportunity to hear the latest updates to these guidelines and polish your understanding of why they’re critical to patient and worker safety.
  • There will be games, polling, hands-on demonstrations of innovative industry solutions for the OR, and networking with fellow attendees.
  • The event will start at 7:00am local time with complimentary breakfast and conclude by 4:00pm local time. Lunch is included in your registration.
  • Venue and parking details are within each city’s designated registration page.
  • COVID-19 Safety Precautions: Proof of vaccination (at least the primary series of dose(s)) or negative test result within 72 hours of the event will be requested at check-in the day of the event. Masks will be optional, with some available onsite. All cleaning and sanitizing precautions will be taken to ensure a safe and fun event with all considerations made to honor local COVID restrictions and guidelines. Any changes leading up to the event will be announced via email, including any need to shift to a virtual event. Safety is our top priority and we look forward to seeing you.
  • Registration for this event is open to clinical personnel only and is not intended for industry representatives.

AORN Guideline Author Speakers

  • Mary Alice Anderson, PhD, RN, CNOR
    Perioperative Practice Specialist, AORN
  • Julie Cahn, DNP, RN, CNOR, RN-BC, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP
    Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist, AORN
  • Karen deKay, MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC
    Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist, AORN
  • Emily Jones, MSN, RN, CNOR, NPD-BC
    Perioperative Practice Specialist, AORN
  • Erin Kyle, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC
    Editor in Chief, Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, AORN
  • Kristyn Seeman, MLS, BSN, RN, CNOR
    Clinical Perioperative Nurse Research Librarian, AORN
  • Lisa Spruce, DNP, RN, CNS-CP, CNOR, ACNS, ACNP, FAAN
    Director of Evidence-Based Perioperative Practice, AORN
  • Amber Wood, MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC, FAPIC
    Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist, AORN
  • Renae Wright, DNP, RN, CNOR
    Perioperative Practice Specialist, AORN

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