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Best Practices for Minimally Invasive Procedures

Authors
Journal
AORN Journal
0001-2092
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
91
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.aorn.2009.12.028
Keywords
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Electrosurgery
  • Notes
  • Vats
  • Sils
  • Spa
  • Opus
Disciplines
  • Ecology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Techniques and instrumentation for minimally invasive surgical procedures originated in gynecologic surgery, but the benefits of surgery with small incisions or no incisions at all have prompted the expansion of these techniques into numerous specialties. Technologies such as robotic assistance, single-incision laparoscopic surgery, natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery have led to the continued expansion of minimally invasive surgery into new specialties. With this expansion, perioperative nurses and other members of the surgical team are required to continue to learn about new technology and instrumentation, as well as the techniques and challenges involved in using new technology, to help ensure the safety of their patients. This article explores the development of minimally invasive procedures and offers suggestions for increasing patient safety.

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