November 04, 2016 @ 12:00am

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Divine Savior Healthcare celebrates Perioperative Nurses Week, November 6 -12! 

Perioperative nursing is a nursing specialty that works with patients who are having operative or other invasive procedures. Perioperative nurses work closely with Surgeons,  Nurse Anesthetists, Surgical Technologists, First Assistants, and PA’s. They work in various settings including ambulatory surgery, surgery, recovery room, and endoscopy.

A perioperative nurse is a registered nurse who is responsible for taking care of surgical patients prior to, during, and after surgery. These tasks include attending to their physical, logistical and emotional needs. Perioperative nurses report on everything that transpires during their surgical care, including meticulous recording of vital signs, diagnostic tests and laboratory results, surgical dressings and medications. In addition to all this, they are responsible for the overall assessment and any warnings about the change in status, which to the physician are crucial. They assess and formulate a plan of care for the patient and their family. Relating information to their family and loved ones is also an important task taken by the nurse. They strive to make the patients and families comfortable and informed during their stay with us. Their priority is to provide exceptional care during a stressful time.

The perioperative nurse is an integral part of a surgical team, and as such the role it plays, is crucial to the health and welfare of our patients. The Divine Savior  Healthcare team thanks our great group of perioperative nurses for all they do, ensuring excellent comfort and care for all patients and families. 

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