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App reduces number of postop follow-up visits

Editor's Note Ambulatory surgery patients who received follow-up care via a mobile app had fewer in-person visits during the first 30 days after surgery, finds this study. Of 65 women having outpatient breast reconstruction surgery, 32 were in the mobile app group, and 33 were in the in-person follow-up care…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 22, 2017
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Discontinuity of nursing care negatively impacts patient outcomes

Editor's Note In this study, discontinuity in nursing care was high and negatively impacted patient outcomes. The analysis of 3,892 medical-surgical inpatients found that discontinuity of nursing care declined from nearly 100% in the first 24 hours, to 70% at 36 hours, and to 50% by the 10th postadmission day.…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 22, 2017
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OR leader job analysis helps sort out roles, responsibilities

A new tool is available to help OR leaders both develop their careers and prepare their successors to take over when they leave. An OR manager job analysis, released in September 2016, provides an evidence-based approach to building the careers of OR leaders, both novice and experienced. “It really helps…

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By: Cynthia Saver
March 16, 2017
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What does an OR manager do?

Here is a list of domains, with accompanying knowledge statements for the OR manager role, based on the job analysis conducted by Prometric, a test development and delivery company based in Baltimore. Examples or definitions for several knowledge statements appear in parentheses. Communication and relationship management -Negotiation techniques (win-win, building…

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By: OR Manager
March 16, 2017
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Hospital-academia partnerships steer new nurses to the OR

Traditionally, nursing students have had little exposure to the perioperative setting, creating a challenge for OR leaders seeking to build the future workforce. How can they spark interest in the OR, if students haven’t experienced it? One way is for hospitals to partner with schools of nursing. Two innovative programs…

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By: OR Manager
March 16, 2017
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Editorial

Led by the National Patient Safety Foundation, the event has been held for the past 15 years. Putting patient safety in the limelight once a year is fine, but for healthcare providers, patient safety awareness needs to be a daily priority. To reinforce that notion, the Joint Commission on March…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 16, 2017
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Conference keynote to highlight care coordination

Here’s a question to ponder: If a dozen oranges went up in price as fast as healthcare prices between 1945 and 2009, what would they have cost in 2009? It’s the kind of question you might expect from someone interested in both healthcare and business. David Chin, MD, MBA, likes…

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By: Paula DeJohn
March 16, 2017
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PACU finds its flow in better patient management

The postanesthesia care unit (PACU) is no longer used just to recover patients after surgery. Multiple departments use it for various procedures, from electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to regional blocks, as well as to ease emergency department (ED) overcrowding. This makes it difficult to manage bed availability, OR scheduling, and patient…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
March 16, 2017
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Checklist compliance soars to 100% after ‘red rule’ implementation

Most OR leaders believe the World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist can help prevent surgical errors and complications. But although many hospitals have formally adopted the WHO checklist, fewer ORs use it consistently. At Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital, a nonprofit teaching facility south of Boston, we addressed this issue…

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By: David Kashmer, MD, MBA
March 16, 2017
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Case cancellations drop dramatically with refined preop screening

Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina, has had an annual average 3% growth in surgical volume since 2011 and is planning to add six ORs over the next 3 years. That’s a good position to be in. However, the ability of the organization to support continued surgical growth…

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By: Timothy Flint, DrAP, CRNA
March 16, 2017
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