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Standards and Recommendations for Safe Perioperative Practice

Currently undergoing updates.

The essential reference tool for operating theatre departments.

Written by practitioners for practitioners, this revised and updated edition of AfPP’s benchmark publication provides comprehensive guidance and standards for minimising the risk to patients and perioperative personnel. Standards and recommendations for inclusion in local policy within any UK perioperative setting are also outlined.

Topics include:

  • legal and ethical issues
  • risk management
  • infection prevention and control
  • decontamination of medical devices
  • principles of anaesthetics
  • clinical guidelines
  • management / human resources / human factors
  • perioperative education / training / competence
  • clinical environments

This publication is currently unavailable whilst we review and update the current edition to ensure all recommendations are as up to date as possible. We will update this page as soon as the latest version is ready to order.

For information on best practices to prevent surgical fires, please read our article: Surgical fires must become ‘Never Events’. This article contains AfPP recommendations and standards for the safe use of devices that may serve as an ignition source.



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