JCCC Honors Journal


"The Nurse’s Role in the Perioperative Experience, with an Emphasis on Infection Control" provides an overview of the registered nurse’s contribution to patient safety and infection prevention perioperatively. Each phase of the perioperative experience is outlined, from pre-operative events to PACU and discharge. Topics discussed include patient teaching, perioperative personnel roles, surgical disinfection measures, basic principles of sterile technique, post-operative complications and infection, and antibiotic therapy. The goal of this research paper is to inform readers about the importance of surgical infection control practices. In addition, the registered nurse is admonished to evaluate his/her practice, in order to serve more effectively as patient advocate.