A standard is the quality measure used as the basis for perioperative practice and includes perioperative patient care, administration, documentation, professional development, practice and quality improvement.
These standards should be read in conjunction with:
Recommended practice, examples in practice and reference links are provided to support each standard.
As part of your Perioperative Nurses College membership you have access to AORN’s Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices via eSubscription.
Access the standards via the subscription link on the Perioperative Nurses College AORN web page.
Death in the perioperative setting (PDF, 157KB) April 2021
Disaster Planning (PDF, 139KB) April 2021
Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control (PDF, 1.4MB)
Healthcare Industry Representatives in the Perioperative Setting (PDF, 176KB) April 2021
Joint Practice Guideline for Sterile Technique during Vascular and Interventional Radiology Procedures (2012, PDF, 215KB)
NZSSA Guidelines - Loan Instrumentation (January 2010, PDF, 158KB)
Registered Nurse First Surgical assistant for operating theatres in NZ Service Policy Guidelines (February 2015, PDF, 955KB)
Safe Staffing (PDF, 296KB) Updated July 2022
Surgical Safety Checklist (PDF, 549KB) April 2021
Surgical Site Marking (PDF, 125KB) April 2021
Workplace and Patient Safety Reference Synopsis (PDF, 242KB)
Emergency or Code Black Situation (PDF, 134KB) April 2021
Hazards Guidelines (PDF, 141KB) April 2021