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Perioperative surgical home optimizes patient care, Part 1

The medical home, consisting of a patient-centered team focusing on the coordinated delivery of care, is now embedded in the healthcare lexicon, but the perioperative surgical home (PSH) is a more recent concept that is only starting to spread across the country. “The number of hospitals in the US with…

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By: Paula DeJohn
February 12, 2015
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Building the business case for a hybrid OR

Hybrid ORs are proliferating in response to market, surgeon, and even patient demands, but building the business case for this technology can be challenging. “It’s a very expensive proposition,” says Lynne Ingle, MHA, BS, RN, CNOR, project manager for Gene Burton & Associates, a healthcare technology consulting company in Franklin,…

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By: OR Manager
February 12, 2015
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Editorial

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services penalizes hospitals for readmissions stemming from myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia, and total hip and knee arthroplasty, and in 2016, coronary artery bypass graft procedures will be added to the mix. For this and many other reasons, OR leaders everywhere are taking steps…

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By: OR Manager
February 12, 2015
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Surgical patients warmed with forced air still experience hypothermia

Even in patients actively warmed with forced air during surgery, hypothermia is routine during the first hour of anesthesia, a new study finds. Intraoperative core hypothermia causes complications such as coagulopathy, surgical site infections, and possibly myocardial complications. It also decreases drug metabolism, prolongs recovery, and causes thermal discomfort. Warming…

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By: OR Manager
February 12, 2015
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First step taken in FDA-issued unique device identification system

Medical device manufacturers have taken the first step in complying with the 7-year unique device identification (UDI) process mandated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The UDI system establishes a consistent way to label and track medical devices from production to use, and is intended to improve patient safety…

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By: OR Manager
February 12, 2015
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Communication, collaboration, commitment are cornerstones of high reliability healthcare

Providing dependably excellent care for all patients all of the time is the essence of high reliability healthcare, as defined by the Joint Commission in its 2013 report. Two large health systems—Kaiser Permanente and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital—are on the path to becoming highly reliable organizations. In recent years, improved processes…

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By: OR Manager
February 12, 2015
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Redefining staff roles and responsibilities can help reduce turnover time

Turnover time is a major concern for OR leaders. We surveyed OR Manager readers last year to identify the business and efficiency issues they want to know more about. Reducing turnover times ranked second, just under cost control. Extended turnovers clearly affect labor costs, but they also have a strong…

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By: OR Manager
February 12, 2015
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Water: A critical ingredient for instrument cleaning and disinfection

Using the right type of water for instrument reprocessing can prolong the life of medical instrumentation, contribute to effective function, and—most importantly—minimize the risk of adverse patient outcomes from contamination. The water quality requirement for various stages of instrument reprocessing depends on the type of instrument and the disinfection or…

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By: OR Manager
February 12, 2015
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Careful planning essential when expanding outpatient surgery repertoire

The decision to add a new procedure in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) is a matter of weighing risks and opportunities. A long list of variables must be analyzed and compared. Is the prospect of higher profit worth the investment that will be required in staff and equipment? Is our…

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By: OR Manager
February 12, 2015
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