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Symmetry Surgical Educational Courses

Symmetry Surgical provides complementary engaging, interactive educational courses designed specifically to keep your teams up-to-date on today's industry trends and issues. Our Clinical Education team can provide on-site training to help healthcare professionals deliver exceptional care and improve patient outcomes.

[new] Effective Hemostasis: Instrumental in Safe Surgical Outcomes
(2 contact hours AORN, IAHCSMM, CBSPD) Controlling bleeding in surgery is one of the most important ways to ensure good clinical outcomes and patient safety. There are many techniques, modalities and devices that assist in the process of maintaining hemostasis in surgery. Perioperative nurses, along with the surgeon and the perioperative team, must work diligently to assure that any uncontrolled or unplanned bleeding is quickly and effectively managed. By obtaining an understanding of the definition and biology of hemostasis, the clinical implications of bleeding, and the modalities used for obtaining hemostasis in the perioperative setting, the perioperative nurse can participate in achieving hemostasis during surgery and have a significant impact on safe surgical outcomes. This learning activity will introduce the instruments and devices that drive positive outcomes.

[new] The Action of Retraction
(2 contact hours AORN, IAHCSMM, CBSPD) A wise surgeon once said, “Good exposure is the key to good surgery.” Retraction has been an essential part of surgery and good exposure as long as surgery has been practiced. Retraction of tissues, organs and other anatomical structures is necessary in all types of surgery and all surgical specialties. In general, the desired “Action of Retraction” is good exposure and visualization. Retractors come in many forms and are needed in every specialty and surgical procedure. Simple retraction can actually be performed with the hands, fingers or with a handheld retractor. More complex retraction can be accomplished by self-retaining retractors, table-mounted retractor systems, disposable retractors or laparoscopic retractors. Selection of a specific type of retractor or retractor system usually depends on surgeon preference and the specific procedure being performed. Surgical retraction addresses a safety challenge in surgical procedures, in which access to the necessary pathology must be obtained without damaging the surrounding tissue and anatomy during the procedure. Access to the operative site utilizing retraction can be achieved in a number of ways with many different instruments, devices and techniques. In this learning activity, we will explore the types of surgical retraction, how retractors are used in various types of surgery and also discuss any important care and handling needs. The learner will gain a working knowledge of retraction that will enhance patient care and safety.

Instrument Care and Handling Bootcamp:
Back to Basics (2 contact hours AORN, IAHCSMM, CBSPD)
An introduction, overview and basic preparation for a series of more specific Instrument Care and Handling Bootcamp Workshops. This purpose of this activity is to develop an understanding of the basics of surgical instrumentation, the instrumentation process cycle and how you and your department can continue to and/or improve the safety, appearance and longevity of your facility's surgical instrumentation.

Instrument Care and Handling Bootcamp: Challenges and Solutions (2 contact hours AORN, IAHCSMM, CBSPD)
A "back to basics" approach to handling the most common instrument processing issues seen in today's operating room. Surgical instrument spotting, staining, corrosion and other surface integrity issues, while serious challenges for many healthcare facilities, are also extremely easy to prevent and correct with the right "basic training". A fundamental understanding of surgical instrument reprocessing and the properties of stainless steel is the basis for determining how to troubleshoot many instrument problems. Knowledge of the basic causes of instrument spotting, staining and corrosion and the effects that water quality can have on surgical instruments is extremely valuable when searching? for answers to complex instrumentation challenges. 

Instrument Care and Handling Bootcamp: The Effect of Immediate Use Steam Sterilization on Surgical Instruments 
(2 contact hours AORN, IAHCSMM, CBSPD)
Highlights the basics of IUSS (Immediate Use Steam Sterilization) guidelines. By understanding the entire process of Immediate Use Steam Sterilization from the angle of the instrumentation and equipment being processed you will be able to provide high-quality patient care that reduces not only the risk of infection for your patient but also protects your facility's investment. 

Instrument Care and Handling Bootcamp: Laparoscopy, Let's Take a Lap (2 contact hours AORN, IAHCSMM, CBSPD)
A look at laparoscopic instrumentation and its care and handling throughout the instrumentation process. Laparoscopic instrumentation is fundamentally different than instruments designed for open surgery because the instruments designed for laparoscopic surgery are more complex, have long shafts, delicate construction and complex jaw assemblies. These instruments make a journey through reprocessing and back to the point of use.

The Kerrison Rongeur Challenge:  Function vs. Cleaning (2 contact hours AORN, IAHCSMM, CBSPD)                
Kerrison rongeurs are widely used in today’s surgical suites for many types of surgery.  The design of this instrument; which is intended to remove bone, cartilage and tissue by a precise “punch or bite”, demands that the cutting mechanism be sharp and precise.  The challenge for the surgeon, nurses and sterile processing team is to somehow maintain the proper function of the instrument while handling the complicated cleaning process of this delicate and intricately assembled device. The purpose of this learning activity is to explore the different types of kerrison rongeurs available and learn about the proper cleaning techniques as well as the best methods for maintaining optimal function.  

Selection and Maintenance of Rigid Sterilization Containers (2 contact hours AORN, IAHCSMM, CBSPD)
In today’s fast paced and budget conscious healthcare facilities, rigid sterilization container systems are definitely becoming an important and commonly used packaging method for sterilization. The rigid sterilization container, which has been available since the 1970s, is being implemented more frequently than ever before for a variety of reasons, from cost effectiveness and sterility assurance to infection control.  Even though the use of these containers is becoming commonplace, the actual road to making a good rigid container purchasing decision can be very time consuming; often involving pre-purchase research, evaluations, and budgeting processes which will require the gathering and learning of more information about the rigid container system, its components, and maintenance that may be expected. The purpose of this learning activity is to sort through the many recommendations from ANSI/AAMI, AORN and other resources and provide the learner with a guide for making a sound and informed decision regarding the selection and maintenance of rigid sterilization containers.

Give your Department the Green Light for Going Green (2 contact hours AORN, IAHCSMM, CBSPD)
From simply recycling paper products to the more complex use of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, and many levels in between, a well-informed healthcare professional can be the driving force in introducing, establishing and implementing a "going green" initiative that will provide an innovating program for reducing environmental impact, while also potentially reducing cost, increasing quality and improving worker and patient safety.

Choose This, Not That: Making Choices to Achieve Success (2 contact hours AORN, IAHCSMM, CBSPD) Making choices in today’s surgical suite is very different than it was in years past, especially when it comes to choices that involve product selection. There are more moving parts than ever before: patient safety, cost containment, lower reimbursements, new technology, physician preference, patient satisfaction, environmental impact, and more; in fact, the list can seem overwhelming! The potential solutions can vary based upon many variables as well.  This workshop explores some of the major influencers on the choices that perioperative professionals can make and how these choices can lead to success.

How Electrosurgery Affects Procedures and Patients:  Keeping it Current (2 contact hours AORN, IAHCSMM, CBSPD) Since the early 1900’s, electrosurgery has been an important part of surgical procedures. Electrosurgical Units (ESU) and accessories are considered high risk medical devices and as such minimum safety standards for these units have been developed by a number of groups and organizations including AORN. It is extremely important that members of the perioperative team understand the basic principles of electrosurgery, demonstrate competence in use of electrosurgery equipment, stay abreast of relevant hazards and patient safety concerns, and be informed of new and emerging technologies and treatment modalities in order to provide safe and effective care for their patients.

Custom Workshops Are Available Upon Request With Prior Notice

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