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    1. Click on the Guidelines tab and click Quick View under a guideline of interest. View photos & videos and read a bulleted overview.
    2. Click on the At a Glance tab and select a clinical topic, such as procedures or positioning. View illustrated, step-by-step guides.
    3. Click on the Tools tab and browse resources for each guideline, including policy & procedure and competency verification templates.

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Quick and easy access to evidence-based recommendations. Multiple views are available:

  • Quick view—photos, illustrations, videos, and bulleted overviews
  • Outline—a list of all recommendations with the ability to expand
  • Full view—the entire text of each guideline with evidence cited
  • Ambulatory supplements included for select guidelines
Accreditation Assistant*
The Accreditation Assistant is designed to improve the quality of a facility’s survey preparation and save staff time by aligning each of the accreditation standards with the specific AORN Guideline recommendations, policies & procedures, competencies, and other tools that apply to the specific elements of that standard. The Accreditation Assistant is available for:
• The Joint Commission Standards
• The AAAHC Standards

*Additional subscription required for each. Joint Commission is a registered trademark of the Joint Commission. AAAHC is a registered trademark of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. Neither the Joint Commission nor the AAAHC have reviewed or endorsed these tools. Facility use of their accreditation standards are subject to the copyrights owned by The Joint Commission and AAAHC.

Illustrated, step-by-step guides for quick review:

  • Positioning: includes assessment, physiological effects and best practices.
  • Procedures: includes indications, prep, positioning, and workflow, with popup instrument images.
  • Skin Prep: includes prep solution instructions for each part of the body.
  • Anesthesia: includes information about different types of anesthesia.
  • Medication: includes brief summaries of perioperative uses and implications of medications.
  • Hand-Over Tools: includes customizable templates (by clinical speciality) to help you build hand-over tools that align with the type of procedure performed.
  • Room Setup: includes images and brief descriptions of common room setups by specialty.
Access 200+ searchable clinical FAQs taken directly from AORN’s Nursing Consult Line, and hundreds of guideline implementation tools, including
• Policy and procedure templates
• Competency verification tools
• Inservice PowerPoints
• Case studies
• For AORN members: AORN members at facilities subscribing to the eG+ can find and access AORN member webinars, tool kits, and Journal articles within eGuidelines+.

Access our library of ebooks including Perioperative Care of the COVID-19 Patient, Core Curriculum for the RNFA, Guidelines and Tools for the Sterile Processing Team, AORN Guidelines and FAQs for Autologous Tissue Management, ASC Infection Prevention Policies and Procedures. You can also add ARIN and NAON ebooks to your eGuidelines Plus subscription.