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Study: Clinicians’ uniforms harbor pathogens

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 10; October 2011 More than 60% of uniforms worn by physicians and nurses tested positive for potentially pathogenic bacteria, including drug-resistant organisms, in a new study from Israel. The team of researchers collected swab samples from 3 parts of the uniforms of 75 RNs and…

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October 1, 2011
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The weak economy challenges OR case volumes, directors’ raises

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 10; October 2011 Respondents to hospital survey Region Response Northeast 17% Midwest 39% South 26% West 19% OR directors and managers are striving to stay ahead of a weak economy, according to this year’s OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Much has changed in the past 10…

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For ASC managers, it’s all about the economy

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 10; October 2011 Impact on ASCs of economic conditions ASCs that have experienced financial difficulties due to current economic conditions Financial difficulties these ASCs have experienced: Financial challenges continue to buffet ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), according to the 21st annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Almost…

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Quality reporting: What comes after SCIP?

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 10; October 2011 How well hospitals perform on SCIP measures will affect part of their Medicare payment starting in late 2012. Yet a new study is the fourth to find that the SCIP infection measures aren’t correlated with surgical site infection (SSI) rates. In the…

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Why aren’t NPO guidelines being followed?

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 10; October 2011 Shortened hours for preoperative fasting in otherwise healthy patients with no comorbidities have been in place for 12 years. They are left essentially unchanged in a new update by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) of its practice guidelines for preoperative fasting.…

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October 1, 2011
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Manager of the Year a coach and mentor

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 10; October 2011 Christine Halowell, MS, RN, CNOR For this year’s OR Manager of the Year, Christine Halowell, MS, RN, CNOR, perioperative nursing had her at hello. She gravitated to the OR the first time she had an opportunity to follow a surgical patient during…

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New analysis: Preventing wrong surgery

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 10; October 2011 What might be most effective in preventing wrong surgery? A new analysis from Pennsylvania identifies best practice principles that might have prevented 431 wrong procedures reported in the state since 2004. The 21 principles were published in 2009 by the Pennsylvania Patient…

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October 1, 2011
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New analysis: Preventing wrong surgery

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 10; October 2011 What might be most effective in preventing wrong surgery? A new analysis from Pennsylvania identifies best practice principles that might have prevented 431 wrong procedures reported in the state since 2004. The 21 principles were published in 2009 by the Pennsylvania Patient…

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October 1, 2011
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Editorial

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 10; October 2011 Twenty-one years ago, when we launched the OR Manager Salary/Career Survey, one of our goals was to ask core questions every year so we could track trends. In some areas, the contrast between then and now is striking. In others, we’ve seen…

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October 1, 2011
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Responding to ASCs’ economic headwinds

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 10; October 2011 Stiff economic headwinds are challenging ambulatory surgery centers (ASC). Among them are stubbornly high unemployment, higher copays and deductibles, and fewer independent physicians. After strong growth, the number of new ASCs opening is nearly zero for 2011. Brian Mathis, vice president of…

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October 1, 2011
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