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October 2017
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Perception of OR safety of surgical practice linked to postop mortality

Editor's Note The perception of safety of surgical practice among OR personnel was associated with hospital level 30-day postoperative patient mortality rates in this study. As part of the Safe Surgery 2015: South Carolina initiative, a baseline survey measuring perception of safety of surgical practice among OR personnel was completed.…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 25, 2017
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Employee engagement: The path to better patient care--Part 2

Nurse engagement and leadership development were among the top concerns cited in a recent survey of healthcare leaders who reflected on challenges in nursing. To engage the nurse workforce, leaders themselves must be engaged, perioperative services leaders recently told OR Manager. In part 1 of this two-part series, they discussed…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 20, 2017
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Joint Commission issues new alert on safety culture

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on March 1 issued a new Sentinel Event Alert on “The essential role of leadership in developing a safety culture.” Leadership’s failure to create an effective safety culture is contributing to adverse events such as wrong-site surgery and delays in treatment, the Joint Commission says.…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 2, 2017
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Military leadership principles point way to better patient care

Physicians receive little leadership training in medical school, so they don’t always perform well in leadership roles. At Florida Hospital Orlando, that education gap is being filled through the Physician Leader Development (PLD) program, which applies military leadership principles to the healthcare setting. The innovative course has benefited not only…

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By: OR Manager
December 14, 2016
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Targeted communication training raises hospital safety culture scores

Implementation of crew resource management training at a large academic medical center led to statistically significant improvements in 10 out of 12 dimensions of safety culture, according to surveys conducted before and after training took place. Crew resource management (CRM) is a systematic approach adapted from the airline industry to…

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By: OR Manager
August 8, 2016
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Constructive Culture + Performance Improvement = Patient Safety and Favorable Outcomes

After this session, you will be able to: 1. Utilize methods to conduct a safety assessment questionnaire (SAQ), debrief, and two-question survey. 2. Identify opportunities for improvement using outcomes data. 3. Describe a plan using outcomes data to improve surgical results and enhance the safety culture. Why this is important:…

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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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Safety culture linked to SSI rates

Editor's Note A positive safety and teamwork culture and engaged hospital management were associated with lower surgical site infection (SSI) rates after colon surgery in this study. Researchers, led by Martin Makary, MD, from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, measured 12 dimensions of safety culture and colon SSI rates in surgical…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 27, 2016
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Active listening lowers stress, builds confidence

The use of storytelling and listening to staff stories can be a valuable tool to help OR managers understand and mitigate workplace challenges and incivility. These are the findings of a doctoral study by Patricia Littlejohn, MBA, RN, CNOR, director, neurosciences and program development, Regional Medical Center, San Jose, California.…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
December 16, 2015
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Study: Association between workplace safety culture and SSIs

Editor's Note Surgical unit safety culture was significantly associated with lower colon surgical site infection (SSI) rates in this study led by Martin A. Makary, MD, MPH, professor of surgery, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Dimensions of safety culture that were linked with lower SSI rates, included: teamwork across units organizational…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 9, 2015
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Research finds higher productivity in positive work cultures

Editor's Note A large and growing body of research demonstrates that not only is a cut-throat work environment harmful to productivity, but a positive environment leads to dramatic benefits for employers, employees, and the bottom line, the December 1 Harvard Business Review reports. Creating a positive and healthy culture includes…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 2, 2015
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Breakfast and Presentation: The Impact of an OR Environmental Hygiene Program on Operating Room Culture and Cleanliness: How to Build a Business Case for Success sponsored by Ecolab

Learn from the experts! To start your day, this general session will enable you to take the next steps to improve the cleanliness and turnover time of your operating room all while enjoying an energizing breakfast presented by Ecolab. With experience working at a hospital with 29 operating rooms, Maria…

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