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AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice

Guidelines for Perioperative Practice

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AORN’s Guidelines for Perioperative Practice are the gold-standard in evidence-based recommendations to deliver safe perioperative patient care and achieve workplace safety.

They are published annually with updated recommendations on topics including:

  • Surgical Attire
  • Sterile Technique
  • Environmental Cleaning
  • Transmissible Infections

Developed by an interdisciplinary panel of clinical experts, and the only evidence-based guidelines for perioperative teams approved by the ECRI Guideline Trust, they will help decrease surgical errors, provide quality measurements, and keep your team members safer. 

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Join your perioperative peers at this interactive, live virtual event focused on practical infection prevention strategies for the pandemic and beyond.


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Resources to Effectively Implement Guidelines

AORN offers numerous clinical resources based on the guidelines including:

  • Online Education
  • AORN Journal Articles
  • Tool Kits
  • Position Statements
  • Guideline Essentials
  • Webinars
  • Clinical FAQs

AORN Membership includes FREE access to all resources.

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Why is Evidence-Based Important?

Evidence rating assures that clinical decisions are based on the latest available research and understanding of safe patient care. Evidence-based practices are an expectation of patients, healthcare providers and administrators, and regulatory agencies.

Plus, many state health organizations and other accreditation bodies refer to AORN’s Guidelines for Perioperative Practice in annual surveys.


The evidence ratings and tables used to create the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice are available for download.


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Download this infographic to learn how a guideline is created.

How the Healthcare Industry Can Leverage Guideline Expertise

AORN’s Seal of Recognition Program helps perioperative nurses and their colleagues select the highest quality training, education, and in-service programs that are deemed consistent with the guidelines.

When perioperative professionals see the seal, they can be confident that AORN has reviewed the content for quality and alignment with the guidelines. Learn how to apply for the Seal of Recognition.

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Share Your Perioperative Expertise and Opinions

Get involved with the publication of the guidelines through the public commenting process. Your comments will be reviewed by the guideline author(s) and considered for inclusion in the final published document. Download the Public Commenting Guide here.

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