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Nurse leaders play pivotal role in implementing enhanced recovery programs

Frequently OR leaders are at the forefront of implementing enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols. They have the skills to facilitate implementation of ERAS and to dispel any misconceptions about it, says Donna Watson, MSN, RN, CNOR, FNP. Watson, director for Medtronic Health Systems Advantage in Boulder, Colorado, is an…

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By: OR Manager
December 16, 2015
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Specific care bundles successfully cut surgical site infection rates

Three new studies on reducing surgical site infections (SSIs) were reported at the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) conference in July. Researchers at three different institutions identified several process changes that, once implemented, brought down SSI rates. Each study used different methodology, but all…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
November 18, 2015
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Vanderbilt's anesthesia QI program reduces adverse postoperative events

The anesthesia quality improvement program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville can claim a variety of successes, notably less postoperative hypo- and hyper-glycemia and fewer wound infections. When anesthesia providers noticed they weren’t monitoring blood glucose in patients with diabetes as frequently as their own goals specified, they put…

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By: OR Manager
November 18, 2015
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Researchers identify ways to reduce UTI rates

Three new studies on reducing urinary tract infections (UTIs) were reported at the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) conference in July. Researchers identified several process changes that, once implemented, brought down infection rates. Each study and its findings are described below.   The S.T.O.P.…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
October 28, 2015
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OR team uses evidence-based practices to reduce readmissions

Concerted efforts to reduce readmissions have paid off at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. Among its bragging rights since launching an initiative last year: decreased length of stay for colorectal surgery patients and a downward trend in readmissions. To learn how they did it, OR Manager spoke with…

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By: OR Manager
September 22, 2015
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Implementing Evidence Based Practice

Evidence-based practice has emerged as one of the most important health care movements of the 21st century. But the challenge for many nurses is converting the theory of evidence-based practice into action and incorporating it into a daily routine. In Implementing Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses: Real-Life Success Stories, real clinicians,…

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Surgical patients warmed with forced air still experience hypothermia

Even in patients actively warmed with forced air during surgery, hypothermia is routine during the first hour of anesthesia, a new study finds. Intraoperative core hypothermia causes complications such as coagulopathy, surgical site infections, and possibly myocardial complications. It also decreases drug metabolism, prolongs recovery, and causes thermal discomfort. Warming…

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By: OR Manager
February 12, 2015
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Surgeon sees standardization and data as keys to higher value healthcare

Over the past decade, the number of quality measurement programs has grown exponentially as hospitals respond to public and government demands for greater accountability and improved patient care. During this time, quality programs have been focused largely on how to do quality, how to measure it, how to improve it,…

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By: OR Manager
January 15, 2015
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Leaders may be barrier to evidence-based practice

Serious barriers—including resistance from nursing leaders—are keeping nurses from adopting evidence-based practices that could improve nursing outcomes, finds a survey of more than 1,000 RNs. Leader and manager resistance was ranked among the top barriers along with politics and organizational cultures. Asked what would help, respondents named education, access to…

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By: OR Manager
October 1, 2012
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Electronic tool aids in navigating preop process

Preop “nurse navigators” aided by an electronic tool are helping a Pennsylvania health system create a more standardized, user-friendly preoperative process for preparing patients for surgery. A cornerstone of the process is evidence-based guidelines for preop evaluation developed by a 50-person task force. “We wanted to optimize our approach so…

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By: OR Manager
March 6, 2012
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Rapid methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) screening in infection control programs

Editor's note AUGUST 2011 OR leaders are striving to make evidence-based decisions about new technology. OR Manager, Inc., and ECRI Institute have joined in a collaboration to bring quarterly supplements with summaries of the Institute's Emerging Technology Evidence Reports to OR Manager readers. ECRI Institute is an independent nonprofit organization…

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By: OR Manager
August 1, 2011
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Back to Basics: Nurses Take Charge of Their Practice - On-Demand Webinar

Date: Thursday, May 8Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET CEs: 1 Contact Hour The Institute of Medicine has urged nurses to take charge of their practice.  Yet day to day observations of nursing staff might reveal poor professional behavior.  How do you change the culture at a large university…

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