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December 2017

Greater vigilance needed to combat ureteroscope contamination

A new study by Ofstead & Associates (St Paul, Minnesota) is the latest to raise concerns about infections associated with endoscopic procedures. The study, which focused on ureteroscopes, found that the techniques used to clean and sterilize or high-level disinfect flexible ureteroscopes are not sufficient and leave behind contamination including…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
November 15, 2017
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Remote video auditing: A path to compliance and safety

Perioperative services leaders seeking to improve safety and efficiency without sacrificing quality may want to turn to remote video auditing (RVA), which is being successfully used in hospital ORs and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). “We’ve seen improved patient safety, efficiency, and cleaning processes,” says Sheldon Newman, MD, executive vice chairman…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
November 15, 2017
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Can Your Staff Pass the TJC Evaluation? Read Our Tips For Designing a Program.

The mission of The Joint Commission (TJC) is “to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.” It’s a lofty goal, and one that has helped thousands of healthcare

Shift Value-Based Care Focus from Volume to Quality. Read More.

Changes in reimbursement models are driving changes in operations, including data collection and reporting. Providers are being encouraged and incentivized to implement value-based care (VBC) that emphasizes cost savings and quality outcomes instead of the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursement model that pays according to the number of procedures performed. The idea is that when hospitals

Six Guidelines to Engage Surgeons in Your OR

Sometimes a few fundamental changes can breathe new life into an existing process and, as a result, enhance the performance of your surgeons and staff. Even if your routine is working relatively well, service line changes in your operating room can achieve improved results, such as higher levels of surgeon satisfaction and patient care quality,

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Session evaluations from the 2017 OR Manager Conference attendees gave uniformly high marks to the keynote speakers. A common theme in many of their presentations was workplace attitudes. They discussed challenges such as converting the disengaged to the highly engaged employee, and fostering a sense of ownership. A workshop on…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 15, 2017
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San Antonio to host 2018 OR Business Management Conference

With each passing year, the business of healthcare delivery grows more complex—never more so than in 2017, when a new administration began to grapple with a major overhaul of the Affordable Care Act and changes to provider payment models. Thanks to an unprecedented number of proposals submitted for the 2018…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 15, 2017
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Just culture creates a safe, positive environment

Just culture has become a bit of a buzzword, so it’s worth revisiting what the term truly means and how it can be implemented and sustained. Although it’s a powerful tool for improving patient safety, just culture is effective only when leaders set expectations for processes and behavior, and address…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
November 15, 2017
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Latest steam sterilization standard available from AAMI

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) in September released the newest version of the ANSI/AAMI ST 79 Comprehensive Guide to Steam Sterilization and Sterility Assurance in Healthcare Facilities. This document, last updated in 2013, has been under a major review for changes in the format presentation and…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CHL, CIS, ACE, FCS
November 15, 2017
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Violence in healthcare facilities--Know your risks

Violence is much more common in healthcare than in other industries, and although many violent events in healthcare are perpetrated by patients, a notable percentage are not. Individuals other than patients who may cause violence in healthcare settings include family members of patients and other visitors, employees, and criminals. Many…

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By: OR Manager
November 15, 2017
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Peer review inspires high performance from providers

Peer review is a hot topic in the quality arena as many ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) strive to create meaningful and sustainable evaluation of their providers. “As a surveyor, I can tell you peer review trips everybody up,” says Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief nursing officer of Surgical…

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By: Leslie Flowers
November 15, 2017
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Product Spotlight: 3M Clean-Trace ATP Cleaning Monitoring System

The 3M™ Clean-Trace™ ATP Cleaning Monitoring System provides real-time cleaning efficacy data to clearly indicate whether an endoscope or other surgical instrument has been adequately

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The Chief Nursing Officer will be instrumental in the execution of necessary changes while focusing on achieving the goal of The Triple Aim. Strategies being debated include: Creating an environment that attracts talent and aggressively screening labor from alternative markets, as well as, developing curriculum and tools to enhance the skills of healthcare professionals where emerging technologies are being employed. These issues enhance quality patient care which is the key responsibility driving a CNO's success.

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AHRMM17 Conference & Exhibition, July 23-26, 2017, in Washington, D.C., is the leading education event and the central meeting place for providers, academics, affiliates, and vendors working in all facets of healthcare supply chain. Join us at AHRMM17 to connect with people, and explore the products, technology, and ideas that are advancing healthcare. You can expect four days of insightful keynotes, practical learning labs, vendor presentations on the latest technology and products, and face-to-face networking with supply chain and materials management directors and managers, chief financial and resource officers, contract administrators, military logisticians and operating room buyers.

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The OR Manager Virtual Career Fair easily connects you – in real time – with employers seeking to hire top talent in the healthcare industry from the comfort of your home or office via desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. If you're an employer, this is the perfect opportunity to connect with active job seekers. For employer information, click here.

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Join PACU leaders from across the nation for three days of intense educational workshop and breakout sessions, as well as keynote presentations in sunny Orlando, Florida! Earn your CEs while networking with your peers and with solution providers from exhibitors offering the latest technologies and solutions to meet your needs. You will receive the same high-quality education designed specifically for managers and above that is tailored to the PACU. Click here to learn more!

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As healthcare migrates from volume- to value-based payment, facilities need to adapt their perioperative governance structure and clinical processes to succeed. Join OR Manager for a one-day workshop that will provide the metrics to create a bundled payments implementation plan you need to transition to value-based patient care. Click here to learn more!

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Perioperative leaders from across the nation will gather in Orlando for three days of workshops, breakout sessions and keynote presentations dedicated to developing necessary skills and advanced practices in the OR and ASC. Earn CEs from educational sessions, exhibit hall seminars and poster presentations while networking with perioperative leaders who have solved the challenges you face each day or are working through them currently. Click here to learn more!

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This interactive event is an opportunity for OR business management to increase their knowledge of OR processes, develop critical skills, and network with colleagues. The 2018 event will be held January 30-February 2 in San Antonio, TX. Click here to register or submit a proposal to speak!

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Contact Nancy Iannotta at niannotta@accessintel.com or 203-899-8429.

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