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Fast Facts for the Operating Room Nurse

An Orientation and Care Guide
  • ISBN-13: 9780826156075
  • By Theresa Criscitelli
  • Price: AUD $73.99
  • Stock: 1 in stock
  • Availability: Order will be despatched as soon as possible.
  • Local release date: 14/07/2022
  • Format: Paperback (229.00mm X 152.00mm) 226 pages Weight: 260g
  • Categories: Nursing [MQC]
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New OR nurses will welcome the third edition of this handy orientation-in-a-book, which distills volumes of operating room knowledge into one concise resource. Presenting complex skills and techniques in a simple and easy-to-follow format, the third edition is newly updated with AORNs 2021 guidelines and contains new chapters on Emergency Preparedness for Disaster, and Lifelong Learning and Professional Development.

This pocket-sized resource delivers current, evidence-based information in all the key areas of perioperative nursing with updated standards and techniques. Written in bulleted format with brief paragraphs, this guide is organized to provide quick access to essential information on basic preparation, safety guidelines, and day-to-day practice in the OR. Beginning with surgery preparation, chapters then address the practice environment and surgical supplies, followed by basic surgical procedures.

New to the Third Edition:

  • Updated with 2021 AORN guidelines and regulatory standards
  • Revised with new evidence-based information on surgical attire, telehealth visits, cleaning of equipment, sterile technique, use of hybrid operating rooms, anesthesia, and ACLS protocol
  • New chapter: Emergency Preparedness for Disaster
  • New chapter: Lifelong Learning and Professional Development

Key Features:

  • Provides essential knowledge for new nurses and their preceptors
  • Keeps experienced perioperative nurses up to date on changing operating room standards
  • Written in bulleted format with brief paragraphs for speedy information retrieval
  • Includes Fast Facts boxes with self-assessment questions and clinical pearls


 Theresa Criscitelli, EdD, RN, CNOR, is a doctorally prepared nurse who has spent 26 years working in the operating room. Her career began as a certified surgical technologist when she learned to scrub in on an array of surgical specialties, including neurosurgery, orthopedics, and cardiothoracic open-heart surgery. She completed her nursing degree in order to care for surgical patients as their advocate and to be able to obtain other positions in the perioperative area that could help influence patient outcomes. She has held numerous positions in the perioperative setting as a registered nurse, including staff nurse, assistant nurse manager, nurse educator, director of perioperative education, and assistant director of professional nursing practice and education. Dr. Criscitelli is currently assistant vice president of administration and oversees the perioperative and procedural services at New York University (NYU) Winthrop Hospital, Mineola, New York. She also serves as adjunct nursing professor at Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, and was a clinical instructor in the surgical technology program at Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York. She also collaborates with a research team at NYU Winthrop Hospital.

Her love for the perioperative field does not cease at the end of the workday. She has published numerous articles in journals and has conducted research on the operating room that has been presented internationally. She oversees an operating room fellowship program and helped establish an academic-service partnership at a local university to provide a capstone experience in the operating room for undergraduate nursing students during their senior year. Engaging new nurses in the perioperative setting is her aspiration.




  • Section I: Personal and Patient Preparation
  • Chapter 1: Surgical Attire
  • Chapter 2: Preoperative Considerations
  • Chapter 3: Patient Positioning
  • Chapter 4: Surgical Skin Preparation
  • Chapter 5: Draping the Patient for Surgery
  • Section II: Environment and Processing Considerations
  • Chapter 6: Operating Room Environment Requirements
  • Chapter 7: Sterile Technique
  • Chapter 8: Sterilization and Central Processing
  • Chapter 9: Surgical Supplies
  • Section III: Surgical Basics
  • Chapter 10: Basic Surgical Procedures
  • Chapter 11: Surgical Instrumentation
  • Chapter 12: Electrosurgery
  • Chapter 13: Surgical Energy and Stapling Devices
  • Chapter 14: Surgical Dressings
  • Section IV: Additional Operating Room Considerations
  • Chapter 15: Medications
  • Chapter 16: Anesthesia
  • Chapter 17: Complications and Emergencies in the Operating Room
  • Chapter 18: Emergency Preparedness for Disaster
  • Chapter 19: Legal Aspects of Operating Room Practice
  • Chapter 20: Lifelong Learning
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