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July 2016

New assessment tool ready to help prevent pressure ulcers

After a 10-year journey, Cassendra Munro’s Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment Scale for Perioperative Patients (Munro Scale) is available for use in the perioperative setting and has been added to the AORN Prevention of Pressure Ulcers Tool Kit. “It is the most comprehensive risk assessment tool available for use by the…

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By: OR Manager
June 20, 2016
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Same-day discharge attracts droves of total joint patients

Orthopedic services are evolving. Total joint patients are younger and healthier, the technology has improved, and procedures are moving to the ambulatory setting. The desire for same-day discharge has raised the bar for provider performance and increased competition among facilities that are adding total joints to their service lines. Younger…

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By: OR Manager
June 20, 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

The Hospital Safety Score, issued twice yearly, uses national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the American Hospital Association. Leapfrog rated 2,571 hospitals on their ability…

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By: OR Manager
June 20, 2016
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Beyond sponges: Safe practices for avoiding all RSIs

Some healthcare facility leaders have managed to reduce or even eliminate the incidence of retained surgical items (RSIs), but vulnerability remains despite increased focus on this problem. A 2015 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association cited a median estimate for RSIs: one event per 10,000 procedures, with…

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By: OR Manager
June 20, 2016
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Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for 2016

Healthcare is striving to become an industry of high-reliability organizations. Part of being a high-reliability industry means staying vigilant and identifying problems proactively. That’s one function of patient safety organizations (PSOs), such as ECRI Institute PSO, and one of the reasons ECRI produces its annual Top 10 list of patient…

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By: OR Manager
June 20, 2016
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Protocols control glycemic levels in diabetic surgical patients

Most OR leaders today are concerned about the growing problem of diabetes in surgical care. More than 30 million people in the US now have diabetes mellitus, and many studies have demonstrated its adverse impact on surgical outcomes. The challenge is translating this research into practice. Managing diabetes is always…

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By: OR Manager
June 20, 2016
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Experts can help ASC leaders solidify building safety

For an ambulatory surgery center (ASC), maintaining a safe physical environment for patients generally falls to the administrator and governing board. For those who lack expertise in healthcare architecture, building codes, and risk management, it may pay to hire a consultant. Even so, ASC managers remain responsible for compliance. Fortunately,…

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By: OR Manager
June 20, 2016
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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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