Hospital Earns Center of Excellence Surgical Safety Award

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The Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Recognizes St. James Parish Hospital with the Go Clear (TM) Award as a Center of Excellence in Surgical Safety: Smoke Evacuation

The Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN), representing more than 200,000 surgical nurses across the country, has named St. James Parish Hospital in Lutcher a Center of Excellence in Surgical Safety: Smoke Evacuation. This award recognizes the hospital for a commitment to protecting patients and staff.

Surgical smoke is a hazardous byproduct of any surgery involving a laser or an electrosurgical unit. The Center of Excellence in Surgical Safety: Smoke Evacuation Go Clear (TM) Program was developed to help perioperative teams improve safety efforts.

“Our Surgery Team successfully completed a comprehensive, evidence-based program and implemented new technologies to earn this designation,” said Kara Dornier, RN, Surgical Services Manager.

“This is just one of many patient-safety initiatives at St. James Parish Hospital. I am very proud of my team and their shared commitment to patient and workplace safety.”

“Surgical smoke occurs every day in operating rooms and poses health risks to those exposed to it. AORN created this program so that every facility can understand the urgency and take steps to protect the health and safety of patients, nurses, doctors and support staff,” said AORN CEO & Executive Director Linda Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN.

“This Center of Excellence for Surgical Safety designation shows the community that the surgical team at St. James Parish Hospital is committed to providing high-quality care.”

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AORN represents the interests of more than 200,000 perioperative nurses by providing evidence-based research, nursing education, standards, and practice resources to enable optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. For more information visit

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