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Latest Issue of OR Manager
December 2017

Nearly a third of consumers lack easy access to medical records

Editor's Note An Ambra Health survey found that 31% of more than 1,100 healthcare consumers were not able to easily access their medical records, and only half of those had access to their records online through their health care practitioner, the September 19 Healthcare Informatics reports. The survey also found…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 25, 2017
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Effect of mandatory reporting system on prevalence of intraop adverse events

Editor's Note After implementation of an anesthesia information management system (AIMS)-based mandatory quality assurance process for reporting of intraoperative adverse events at two academic medical centers, documented adverse events decreased significantly, this study finds. Over a 2-year period after implementation of mandatory reporting, the adverse event rate at Thomas Jefferson…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 1, 2017
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Ransomware attacks: How to protect your medical device systems

Ransomware is a form of computer malware used to make data, software, and information technology (IT) assets unavailable to users. It uses encryption of data to hold systems hostage with an associated ransom demand, often in Bitcoin (a virtual currency that is difficult to trace). This encryption is used to…

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By: OR Manager
August 22, 2017
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles designated a ‘Most Wired’ hospital

Editor's Note Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) announced July 11 that it has been designated a Health Care’s Most Wired 2017 by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. Hospitals & Health Networks, an AHA publication, annually assesses the level of health information technology adoption in US hospitals and health…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2017
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OR utilization improves with data gleaned from software program

One of the biggest challenges for OR managers is efficient use of OR blocks. OR managers struggle to balance revenue and utilization targets with surgeon and staff preferences. The result is underutilized OR time, unnecessary costs, and dissatisfied staff. “Let’s face it, our block allocation process isn’t very efficient,” says…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
April 21, 2017
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Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety issues new recommendations

Editor's Note The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, a multi-stakeholder collaborative convened and operated by ECRI Institute, has issued new safe practice recommendations for the use of health IT in improving the accuracy of patient identification. Mistaken identifications can lead to wrong patient care, improper care, or no care…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 21, 2017
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Automated intraop glucose monitoring linked to reduction in SSIs

Editor's Note In this study, Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers created an automated system to identify diabetic patients, detect insulin administration, check for glucose measurement, and remind anesthesiologists to check intraoperative glucose. Implementation of the automated reminder system: improved glucose monitoring from 61.6% to 87.3% of cases reduced PACU hyperglycemia…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 14, 2017
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Automated communication system helps prevent SSIs

Editor's Note An automated text and voice messaging system improved communication about preventive steps orthopedic patients should take a week before surgery and the postoperative signs of infection to report in the 2 weeks after surgery. The system reminds patients to fill their prescriptions for antibiotic ointment and body wash…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 20, 2016
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June healthcare security breaches affect 11 million patient records

Editor's Note June was the worst month of 2016 for healthcare information security, with 29 breaches that affected more than 11 million patient records, the July 7 Healthcare IT News reports. A total of 24 healthcare providers accounted for 86% of the breaches, with three occurring at health plans and…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2016
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Use of electronically mediated time out to reduce wrong surgery

Editor's Note Implementation of a forced-completion electronically mediated time out to minimize the rate of wrong surgery is feasible, but its effect on wrong surgery is unclear, finds this study. Researchers created an electronic system using intraoperative electronic documentation to present a time-out checklist on large in-room displays. Time out…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 20, 2016
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