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June 2016

Make it your business to grow a healthy bottom line

In this challenging healthcare environment, OR leaders have a fiscal responsibility to help hospitals meet financial goals that contribute to a healthy bottom line. There is no more expensive procedure you can have in the hospital than to spend time in the OR,” says Keith Siddel, PhDc, JD, MBA, CHC.…

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By: OR Manager
May 16, 2016
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PSH Learning Collaborative gains participants in phase two

The perioperative surgical home (PSH) has been gaining momentum, with early results linking it to lower costs, better quality, fewer emergency department (ED) visits and readmissions, and shorter stays in skilled nursing facilities or none at all. In February, the PSH Learning Collaborative, a partnership between the American Society of…

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By: OR Manager
May 16, 2016
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Planning the Hybrid OR: What comes first?

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The decision to install a Hybrid OR entails a pathway filled with questions, and the answers are unique for every hospital and healthcare facility. We’re here to help you navigate the process – and you can start by accessing our Hybrid OR road map. This document summarizes the most relevant…

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September 17, 2015
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Editorial

Intriguing new research cites medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2013 said the top three causes of death were heart disease (611,105 deaths), cancer (584,881), and chronic respiratory disease (149,205).…

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By: yshamis
May 16, 2016
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Leadership lessons from wartime nurses

Best-selling author and professor Elizabeth M. Norman, PhD, RN, will give the keynote address on Thursday, September 22, during the annual OR Manager Conference in Las Vegas. Norman, who spoke at the conference in 2000, has interviewed numerous nurses working in war zones. Drawing on her many years of experience,…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
May 16, 2016
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PSH provides affordable, reliable care for adult and pediatric patients

Affordable, reliable care for adult and pediatric patients alike is the hallmark of the perioperative surgical home (PSH), as demonstrated by two organizations that are using PSH programs: a community health system and a children’s hospital. Leaders from both organizations shared their PSH journeys with OR Manager. Lower costs, shorter…

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By: OR Manager
May 16, 2016
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Low-temperature sterilization: A disinfection alternative

Some complex medical devices cannot withstand high-temperature sterilization. An alternative is low-temperature sterilization, which works for heat- and moisture-sensitive devices. There are different types of low-temperature sterilizers, and this article will review them.   Spaulding classification A deciding factor in whether an instrument can undergo high-level disinfection is the Spaulding…

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By: OR Manager
May 16, 2016
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Success stories Intro

OR Manager occasionally receives contributed articles about process improvements, cost savings, or technological innovations that have benefited a particular facility. Often times, process improvements are made by conducting Lean-based exercises, and money is saved by switching to a different product or standardizing supplies. The most important players in implementing any…

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By: OR Manager
May 16, 2016
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Can converting to synthetic surgical gloves lower hospital operating room costs?

Type 1 natural rubber latex allergic reactions are avoidable in the OR. Typically, surgical gloves are the last products remaining in the OR that contain natural rubber latex (NRL). Higher-cost, clinically acceptable synthetic latex surgical gloves are readily available. However, OR leaders can encounter significant resistance from hospital administrators when…

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By: OR Manager
May 16, 2016
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