Guideline Implementation: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Part 1

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Since its inception in the early 1990s, technological developments have made minimally invasive surgery the preferred approach for many operative procedures. However, perioperative personnel have had to develop new skills and techniques to manage this technology. The advent of robotic-assisted procedures in the early 2000s added another level of complexity to the perioperative arena. The updated AORN “Guideline for minimally invasive surgery” provides guidance for creating a safe environment for patients undergoing a wide range of procedures in which complex, advanced equipment and techniques are used. This article focuses on key points of the guideline that address OR configuration for minimally invasive surgery, safe practices for robotic-assisted procedures, and reducing risks associated with gas insufflation media. Perioperative RNs should review the complete guideline for additional information and for guidance when writing and updating policies and procedures.

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