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May 2016

Orthopedic service line takes health system to another level

Total joint replacements have grown rapidly in recent years, thanks to an aging population and advances in surgical techniques and pain management. As a result, many healthcare facilities have added joint and spine procedures to their service lines. Others would like to know how to do this. What’s involved in…

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By: OR Manager
April 20, 2016
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Emotional intelligence: A mark of superior OR leadership

Emotional intelligence is a phrase bandied about in the literature and lay press, but what exactly is it and why should OR leaders care about it? Emotional intelligence (EI) is linked to higher levels of patient, staff, and physician satisfaction as well as patient safety. As such, it’s an important…

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By: OR Manager
April 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

Healthcare, business, and political leaders convened at the World Healthcare Congress in Washington, DC, in April to discuss payment, regulatory reforms, new technology, and evolving models of patient care. During the Nurse Leadership Summit portion of the conference, a session on population health management was noteworthy. Panel members discussed transitional…

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By: OR Manager
April 20, 2016
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Value-based payment raises quality stakes in patient care

Although many healthcare providers are still struggling to implement a value-based payment (VBP) model, everyone knows that the train has left the station and adjustments must be made. Shifting to a VBP system, expanding surgical patient care to “population health,” and developing a new generation of perioperative nurses are among…

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By: OR Manager
April 20, 2016
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Tool assesses SSI risk in spine patients

A new tool that assesses postoperative surgical site infection (SSI) risk in spine patients shows promise for improved patient care. Research on the tool, developed by a nurse, is still ongoing, but early results suggest the tool could help clinicians develop strategies to prevent many SSIs. Postoperative SSI rates for…

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April 20, 2016
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Culture change: The best defense against communication failures

Although most OR clinicians would agree poor team communication puts patients at risk, misunderstandings are not uncommon in the perioperative setting. Understanding how communication failures occur and how to correct course takes time and effort, but using the right tools and educating staff can ultimately make patients safer. “The biggest…

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By: OR Manager
April 20, 2016
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Be cognizant, not complacent when using communication tools

Communication tools such as briefings, debriefings, handoffs, and checklists are considered cornerstones of surgical patient safety, but they’re only effective when used correctly. In many ORs, steps may be skipped that later are linked to adverse events that should not have happened. Greater mindfulness and proper implementation of communication tools…

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By: OR Manager
April 20, 2016
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Surgical development teams save millions in clinical costs

Surgeon champions can make or break a perioperative initiative. But it’s not enough to simply identify a single champion. OR leaders must engage a wide range of physicians to improve the organizational structure of the healthcare system. At Intermountain Healthcare, a 22-hospital system based in Salt Lake City, Utah, surgical…

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By: OR Manager
April 20, 2016
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