Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia

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Australian patients deserve to receive the safest and highest quality, evidence-based care during their perioperative journey. This is achieved by the dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled Australian perioperative nurses and multidisciplinary team members implementing the ACORN Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia (the ACORN Standards).

 

The ACORN Standards outline the accepted, standardised level of both professional perioperative practice and clinical perioperative care. The ACORN Standards comprise two volumes: Volume 1 Clinical Standards and Volume 2 Professional Standards. Within these volumes, each standard is mapped against the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards ensuring that when perioperative practitioners comply with the ACORN Standards they not only meet but exceed the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

 

The standards are based on the latest highest quality evidence with input from perioperative experts within the clinical field. This, together with member engagement, ensures standards that are truly applicable to current clinical perioperative practice in the variety of perioperative and procedural care settings that exist across Australia.

 

Compliance with the ACORN Standards is assessed using ACORN’s practice audit tools (PATs). There are 12 PATs separated into two bundles – 1. Asepsis and clinical care and 2. Staff and patient safety. Each PAT can be used to assess the perioperative practitioner’s compliance with the nationally recognised Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia.

 

The ACORN Standards are available online as an e-subscription from the ACORN Standards shop.

The ACORN PATs are available online as an e-subscription from the ACORN PATs page.

 

ACORN always welcomes your feedback. If you have feedback about the ACORN Standards or the PATs, please email standards@acorn.org.au

 

Michelle Hibberson

ACORN Standards Officer

July 2022