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July 2019

Legal and ethical questions temper excitement about AI--Part 1

As part of a special series on artificial intelligence (AI), OR Manager is taking a deep dive into the many facets of this new technology and its impact on patient care. Part 1 and Part 2 of the introduction to AI (May 2019 and June 2019) defined types of AI…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Partner with IT to produce the highest quality data

“What we have right now, quite frankly, in healthcare are islands—visible islands of excellence in a sea of invisible failures, with risk lurking just below the waterline. We need to widen those islands of excellence. We need to connect these islands with more dry land. We need to address these…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
June 18, 2019
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Editorial

The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade Report shows some progress in patient safety: an estimated 160,000 avoidable deaths nationwide, down from 205,000 in 2016. But 160,000 is a large number. “There’s still a lot of needless death and harm in American hospitals,” says Leah Binder, Leapfrog’s president and…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
June 18, 2019
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Emotional intelligence: A 'must' for outstanding leadership

Psychologists and social scientists developed the concept of emotional intelligence decades ago, and research since then has supported it as a key component of leadership success. “Thirty plus years’ worth of research shows that having leadership skills is not enough to be an effective leader,” says Kandi Wiens, EdD, MBA.…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
June 18, 2019
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New technology tracks blood loss, reduces transfusions

Blood loss during labor and delivery (L&D) and surgical procedures can lead to serious complications that might be prevented with early detection; however, detection can be challenging. For example, clinicians have traditionally estimated blood loss visually—a subjective and often inaccurate process. Humans’ eyes simply aren’t good at making precise measurements,…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Interactive surgical playbook expands OR team synergy

OR leaders spend much of their day ensuring the surgery schedule runs smoothly, a task that depends on the teams within each of the ORs. Highly functioning teams produce optimal results, including good patient outcomes, satisfied surgeons, and efficient use of resources. But developing a highly functional team with good…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Staff input enriches labor benchmarking data

Labor is the most important resource in an OR and must be used effectively to maintain the financial health of an organization and the well-being of patients. “OR leaders need data tools to manage their labor dollars. How do you know if you are doing it well?” asks Sharon Ulep,…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Gain and sustain staff satisfaction through trust and respect

The trust bestowed upon the nursing profession by the public is a privilege and requires professional accountability for continual practice enhancement. Research finds that efforts to improve the culture of the perioperative work environment consistently lead to better teamwork and communication among staff. These enhancements will positively impact the safety…

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By: Veronica Petersen, MSN, RN, CNOR
June 18, 2019
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