About the Standards
ACORN's vision is for Australian patients to receive the safest and highest quality perioperative care in the world. Upholding standards for practice define us as a community of perioperative nursing professionals dedicated to providing care of a high quality.
The ACORN Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia constitutes the specialty knowledge of the perioperative nursing community in Australia and represents the accepted standard for professional practice. Individual standards are regularly reviewed and updated by teams of reviewers according to a rigorous, structured process managed by the Standards Editor and the Standards Committee Chair. The ACORN Standards is held in high esteem by government, industry and the general public.
Accessibility to the Standards is of paramount importance to ACORN so electronic versions of revised or new standards are made available four times a year, as well as the biennial print edition.
The 15th edition is due for release in May this year.
This 15th edition includes a new standard and a new guideline, three revised standards, a revised nursing role, a revised guideline and a revised position statement. They are:
- Management of the Post Anaesthesia Care Unit (released in electronic format in October 2016)
- Preoperative patient skin antisepsis (released in electronic format in August 2017)
- Single use items (released in electronic format in October 2017)
- Instrument nurse role
- Risk management
- Safe patient positioning in the perioperative environment
- Management of clinical images in the perioperative environment (new guideline)
- Management of hypothermia in the perioperative environment (new standard).
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