Review teams underway

The standards currently under review are:

  • Documentation
  • Quality management
  • Reprocessing of re-usable items: Cleaning, packaging, sterilisation and storage of sterile supplies.

We are always aiming to improve the review process. For example, we will be using electronic critical appraisal tools developed by AORN in the USA. So, please remember to provide feedback.

May 2018

The 15th edition of Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia was released with three newly revised standards, one new standard and one new guideline. 

Revised standards:

  • Instrument nurse role
  • Risk management
  • Safe patient positioning in the perioperative environment.

New standard:

  • Management of hypothermia in the perioperative environment.

New guideline:

  • Management of clinical images in the perioperative environment.

The reference lists throughout this edition were also updated where key legislation or national standards have changed, e.g. standards from Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and Standards Australia.

October 2017

The revised position statement 'Single use items' was released in electronic format.

August 2017

The revised standard 'Preoperative patient skin antisepsis' was released in

electronic format.

October 2016

The revised guideline 'Management of the Post Anaesthesia Care Unit' was released in electronic format.

14 September 2017

The Standards Faculty has grown tremendously! Four new revisions have been added to our Current Review List: Quality Management, Risk Management, Role of the Instrument Nurse, and Perioperative Documentation. In addition, we are developing two new standards documents related to Perioperative Hypothermia and Digital Imaging.

While you're here, why not check out the 'new look' ACORN Standards pages. The site has been more user friendly with more information for our members about what the Standards Faculty is up to. We would love to hear feedback from you on what you think. Send comments and feedback about the Standards Page to


10 August 2017

Round 2 of standard reviews has started with 68 reviewers and 6 Team Leaders. The process for this round has undergone a few changes and we continue to trial new things. Firstly, all reviewers this round had access to a 2-webinar training program on 'introduction the the standards process' and 'introduction to critical appraisal'. Feedback from the group was that the resources were helpful and gave them an idea of where their skill sets were and what was expected. By now, team members are on the same page and getting on with the business of reviewing. We are also trialing some new software, called Covidence, to try and make the management of such large amounts of evidence more efficient and manageable. We'll let you know how we find it, but in the meantime, you might want to go to the site (google it) and watch the introductory video. It might be something members could use at their workplace when doing evidence based projects that involve searching the literature and appraising the evidence first.