Original Webinar Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET
Heat is a very real issue for surgical staff working in the OR setting. Temperature and humidity requirements for ORs, combined with donning personal protective equipment (PPE), may all contribute to perioperative personnel experiencing heat stress in the delivery of care. When surgical staff are overheated, this can cause several negative effects, including adverse physiological responses, cognitive impairment, and reduced employment satisfaction. During this webinar you will learn about the unique challenges associated with managing heat stress in the OR and how surgical team members can address the issue.
- Review regulatory and professional standards and guidelines pertaining to temperature and humidity requirements in the OR.
- Discuss key factors that contribute to the occurrence of heat stress in the perioperative environment.
- Describe the effects of heat stress on OR staff performance and psychological wellness.
- Discuss methods of reducing heat stress.
Jill Byrne, MSN, RN, CNOR
Jill Byrne, MSN, RN, CNOR, is a postdoctoral candidate at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. With several decades of nursing experience in obstetrics and surgery, Byrne is currently working as a trauma surgery team member while completing her PhD program. In 2010, Byrne decided to advocate not only for patients but also for the surgical staff members around her who were routinely struggling from heat stress. Fashioning a disposable cooling vest for the OR staff members to improve comfort, and in turn civility, was an innovative product creation that led to a new approach to addressing a contemporary healthcare challenge. Byrne observed such dramatic changes in the affect and physical well-being of staff members donning the cooling vest, that she knew research was necessary to develop occupational standards to address heat stress in the OR. Byrne’s occupational heat stress research focuses on improving the health and well-being of individuals and also brings awareness to the professional responsibilities and opportunities in nursing to improve healthcare.
Contact Hours: Access Intelligence is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #15831. CEUs: 1 contact hour.
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