Philip Day, chancellor of City College of San Francisco, launched NATN, with the aim of simplifying the transfer process and increasing participation of minority-serving institutions.
That's why IHEP's Merisotis called NATN's process "a tremendous benefit to save time and resources" for institutions.
NATN will devote the next several months to consultative meetings and outreach, including a Summer Academy in Puerto Rico in July.
The prone position will be used for patients who are undergoing surgery to the buttocks or heels, for varicose vein surgery involving the short saphenous vein, and spinal surgery (NATN 1999, AfPP 2007).
Care should be taken to ensure that all pressure areas are adequately protected (NATN 1999, AfPP 2007, Collis Pellatt 2007).
National Association of Theatre Nurses 1993 The Role of the Nurse as First Assistant in the Operating Department Harrogate, NATN
Phillips (2004), NATN (2004) and McEwen (2007) propose the tourniquet is applied on the surgeon's orders or, as suggested by McEwen et al (2002), is applied in accordance with accepted standards within perioperative settings.
However, in comparison to AORN tourniquet guidelines, the NATN (2004) guidelines appear to be less evidence-based.
Beesley J, Reid J, Williams M 2003 Staffing for Patients in the Perioperative Setting Harrogate, NATN
Perioperative Care Collaborative 2003 The provision of non-medical perioperative practitioner working as first assistant to the surgeon Harrogate, NATN
For example, the Hospital Infection Society (HIS 2001), the Association for Perioperative Practice (NATN 2004), the Centers for Disease Control (Mangram 1999), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (Larson 1995), the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN 2006) and the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN 2004).
Though guidelines have been available in the UK (NATN 2004 and HIS 2001) for several years, compliance among practitioners remains patchy.