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October 2017
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OR leaders report strong job satisfaction but weak compensation

Despite continued challenges ranging from declining reimbursements to finding qualified staff, most OR leaders (71%) are satisfied with their jobs, according to the 2017 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. However, they are less inclined to view some parts of that job favorably. Slightly more than half (55%) are satisfied with…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 20, 2017
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Successful onboarding of surgeons makes good business sense

Perioperative staff complete a thorough orientation to ease their transition into a new job, but what about surgeons? How are they onboarded into a new OR? This isn’t an academic question—effective onboarding is key to the success, including financial success, of the OR. “To have someone walk through the door…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 20, 2017
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PACU patient flow improves with CRNA assistance

Throughput inefficiencies are a growing problem in surgical services departments. Patients are held in the OR because there is no room in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU), and patients are held in the PACU because there are no beds available in the patient care unit or because outpatients having major…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
September 20, 2017
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Efficiency efforts improve staff satisfaction with turnover time

Cost mitigation has become a priority in the American healthcare industry, and addressing inefficiencies is a popular way to curb the high cost of medical care. Decreasing turnover time between cases may pave the way for additional cases to be scheduled, theoretically leading to increased revenue for the hospital. However,…

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By: OR Manager
September 20, 2017
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ASC leaders like their jobs despite stagnant salaries

Despite the turmoil in healthcare, leaders of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are a highly satisfied group, with 83% having a favorable view of their current position, according to the OR Manager 2017 Salary/Career Survey. But ASC leaders are markedly less satisfied when it comes to their compensation, with 60% viewing…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 20, 2017
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OR Manager Presents: Staffing and Personnel Retention Free Report

According to a recent OR Manager survey, staffing is one of the thorniest issues for managers and directors of the operating room. Employee satisfaction, recruitment, retention, and morale are essential to any successful healthcare facility, but effectively managing a staff can be extremely stressful when dealing with countless other daily…

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Effect of perceived stress and coping abilities on health of nurses

Editor's Note The combined influence of stress perception and perceived coping abilities affect the health and work performance of nurses, this study finds. Of 120 nurses surveyed, in general: 92% had moderate-to-very high stress levels 78% slept less than 8 hours per night 69% did not exercise regularly 63% consumed…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 19, 2017
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Joint Commission issues Sentinel Event Alert on inadequate hand-offs

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on September 13 announced a new Sentinel Event Alert that focuses on inadequate hand-offs and tips to improve them. A common problem with hand-offs is communication, which is the focus of “Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 58: Inadequate hand-off communication.” The alert includes an infographic of…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 14, 2017
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Causes of malpractice lawsuits against surgical residents

Editor's Note This database review of malpractice lawsuits against surgical residents highlights the importance of perioperative management, particularly among junior residents, and the importance of appropriate supervision by attending physicians as targets for education on litigation prevention. During a 10-year period, 87 malpractice cases involving surgical residents were identified. Results…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 6, 2017
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Joint Commission issues R3 Report on pain assessment and management standards for hospitals

Editor's Note The Joint Commission has issued a new R3 Report to help accredited hospitals better understand and comply with its new and revised pain management standards, which are effective January 1, 2018. This R3 Report provides in-depth rationale, references, and evidence used in the development of the new and…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 30, 2017
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Barriers, benefits of using mobile health technology postoperatively

Editor's Note This survey of 800 patients identified a range of potential barriers and benefits to using mobile health technology to enhance recovery after surgery. Potential barriers included: protecting personal health information technology effectiveness and failure preference for face-to-face interaction with their surgeons level of effort required ability of older…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 30, 2017
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