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PNDS (Perioperative Nursing Data Set) - Synopsis

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The Perioperative Nursing Data Set (PNDS) was developed and is maintained by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

PNDS is a standardized nursing language designed to support evidence-based perioperative nursing practice.

PNDS contains terminology for nursing assessments, evaluations, implementation, outcomes and problems.

Metathesaurus Scope
PNDS outcomes are organized into five domains. The domains are Safety; Physiologic Responses; Behavioral Responses: Patient and Family - Knowledge/Psychosocial; Behavioral Responses: Patient and Family - Rights/Ethics/Competency; Health System

PNDS includes synonyms and definitions.

PNDS is used by nurses and clinicians involved in the field of perioperative care.

Metathesaurus Update Frequency
PNDS is updated irregularly.

Sites Consulted

  1. PNDS History & Mission [Internet]. Denver (CO): AORN; c2010 [cited 2010 Mar 9]. Available from: