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Survey shows assigning extra staff to OR cases is widespread

What is your facility type? Number of scheduled ORs Community hospitals Academic hospitals 1-4 ORs 26% 10% 5-9 ORs 42% 19% 10+ ORs 32% 71% The standard staffing pattern for a surgical case is one scrub person and one circulating RN. But there are many situations for which ORs assign…

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By: OR Manager
January 1, 2011
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Best ASC supply chain practices

Medical-surgical supplies are essential to the delivery of health care. That is why even small hospitals usually have a staff member who is in charge of ordering, buying, stocking, and distributing the thousands of supplies and who knows how to manage vendors and negotiate contracts. Larger hospitals have high-level executives…

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By: Paula DeJohn
January 1, 2011
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Preventing retained items: Time to consider technology?

Technology is starting to take its place as a supplement to manual counts in the effort to prevent retained surgical items (RSIs). RSIs persist despite the emphasis many ORs have placed on tightening their manual counting methods. Recent reports from California are an example of the challenge ORs are up…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, RN, MA
January 1, 2011
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Small outpatient pay updates in 2011

Hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) will receive small rate increases for outpatient services under the Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule for calendar year 2011. Hospitals face new quality reporting requirements, but none of the new measures is directly related to surgery. ASC quality reporting was postponed once again.…

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By: OR Manager
January 1, 2011
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Term 'flash sterilization' to go away

The term "flash sterilization" is going away. The new term is "immediate use sterilization." The new term better describes the process employed to steam sterilize items intended to be used immediately and not stored, say those who have worked on a joint position statement on immediate use sterilization. The statement,…

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By: OR Manager
January 1, 2011
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