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Teamwork key to survival of Orlando shooting victims

It was shortly after 2 am on Sunday, June 12. Ambulances, trucks, and cars started arriving at Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) loaded with shooting victims from a terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub. Because ORMC was just a couple of blocks from the nightclub, first responders loaded multiple victims…

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By: OR Manager
July 19, 2016
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Process improvements raise SPD standards and quality

When audits revealed areas of deficit in the sterile processing departments (SPDs) of the Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, leaders pulled together a team to help implement a quality improvement plan. By analyzing and standardizing their processes, creating auditing tools, and educating staff, they significantly increased quality scores throughout…

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By: OR Manager
July 19, 2016
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Editorial

Terrorist incidents are increasingly frequent, and most US healthcare facilities have established mass casualty protocols to make sure they are prepared. Although treating large numbers of injured patients simultaneously is still the exception rather than the rule, many urban facilities regularly receive gunshot victims. A recent example of receiving multiple…

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By: OR Manager
July 19, 2016
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Serious fun: Using humor to engage OR staff

New ideas and a renewed sense of purpose are two things OR Manager Conference attendees can expect to take home from each year’s gathering. Those who listen to Jody Urquhart will also return to their ORs armed with ways to inspire and engage their staffs. Urquhart, author of All Work…

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By: OR Manager
July 19, 2016
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Wearable technology brings both benefits and risks to the OR

Personal wearable technology, which covers the gamut from activity trackers such as Fitbit to e-textiles that monitor vital signs, have the potential to revolutionize healthcare. Like most innovations, however, the technology comes with risks. For OR leaders, those risks include possible security breaches, distractions, and violation of patient privacy and…

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By: OR Manager
July 19, 2016
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Secure apps loop in families during surgery

How do OR leaders enhance family members’ satisfaction with the communication they receive when their loved ones are in surgery? Thanks to advances in technology, many are turning to tools like mobile apps and text messaging. At Memorial Medical Center (MMC) in Springfield, Illinois, Lexanne Darwent, BSN, RN, helped implement…

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July 19, 2016
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OR competency programs boost staff loyalty and productivity

Much has been written about projected nursing shortages and the difficulty of recruiting and retaining nurses. With few options for structured education specifically geared toward the OR, and pending retirements of many perioperative services leaders, most healthcare facilities are relying on staff—which may or may not include a nurse educator—to…

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By: OR Manager
July 19, 2016
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Fatal attacks at ASCs spur stronger safety measures

Healthcare facilities are places of healing. Sometimes they also can be places of danger and death—just like the rest of the world. When an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) became the site of a fatal stabbing 3 years ago, outpatient surgery leapt into the public eye, and not in a good…

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By: OR Manager
July 19, 2016
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