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Submit presentation proposal for OR Manager Conference 2023 by Dec. 15

Editor's Note The OR Manager Conference program committee is seeking presentation proposals for the 2023 conference, to be held September 18–20 at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Perioperative leaders who have experience or a story to share in the following categories are encouraged to submit a proposal by December…

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By: Carrie Shapiro
November 30, 2022
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Cynthia Hess: Perioperative Nurses Week Interview

Today’s chat is with Cynthia Hess, MSN, RN, FNP-C, RT(R)(CT)(ARRT), Director of Nursing, Northeast Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center, Hannibal, MO. Q: What is something that went right at your facility and/or that you are thankful for this year? What I’m thankful for, hands down, is my staff. They take such…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
November 17, 2022
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Editorial

After writing my latest article on surgical robots (Operationalizing a robotics program for evenings, weekends, pp 13–15, 19) for this issue of OR Manager, I reminisced on how the surgical robot has evolved and how my interest in surgical robots began.   Reminiscing about robots It all began with the…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, BS, RN
November 17, 2022
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Operationalizing a robotics program for evenings, weekends

The St Elizabeth Healthcare organization in northern Kentucky has eight facilities, including two surgery centers. The flagship hospital on the Edgewood campus has 534 beds and 22 ORs and typically performs some 14,000 surgical procedures per year. Robots help manage the volume. The Edgewood, Florence, and Ft Thomas hospitals have…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, BS, RN
November 17, 2022
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Negotiating contracts with anesthesia: Set clear expectations and hire who you know

David Shapiro, MD, who is a risk manager/medical director at several ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) near Tallahassee, Florida, has seen his fair share of contracts with anesthesia services. Navigating these types of contracts at a time when anesthesiology is suffering from a workforce shortage and high costs for services is…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
November 17, 2022
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Unplanned hospital visits within 7 days of outpatient surgery

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, finds that many patients have unplanned hospital visits within 7 days of outpatient surgical procedures performed in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs), often for potentially preventable reasons. The analysis included 1,135,441 outpatient surgical procedures performed at…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 14, 2022
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Tracy Hoeft-Hoffman: Perioperative Nurses Week Interview

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Today’s chat is with Tracy Hoeft-Hoffman, MSN, MBA, RN, CASC, Administrator, Heartland Surgery Center, Kearney, Nebraska. Q: What is something that went right at your facility and/or that you are thankful for this year? What has gone right this year and makes our center so successful every year is the…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 10, 2022
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Reducing noise in the OR improves children’s postop behavior

Editor's Note Reducing noise in the OR positively affects children’s postoperative behavior, according to research presented October 24 at the Anesthesiology 2022 annual meeting in New Orleans. The study, led by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, included 64 preschool children (ages 4 to 5 years old) having general…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 27, 2022
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Effect of colonoscopy on colorectal cancer, mortality risks

Editor's Note This Norwegian study finds a lower risk of colorectal cancer at 10 years in those who had screening colonoscopy, compared to those with no screening. Of 84,585 participants, 28,220 were invited to have a single screening colonoscopy (11,843 underwent screening), and 56,365 were in the usual care group.…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 27, 2022
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Session: ASC Leadership Roundtable Panel, Ask the Experts

Editor's Note The last day of the OR Manager Conference saw perhaps its most inventive breakout session yet. The ambulatory surgery center (ASC) leadership roundtable panel led attendees through an education-filled hour marked by games, interaction, and trivia. “Technology is the way of the future, it is here, and we…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
October 20, 2022
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