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A look back: 10 years of staffing data show scope of challenges for OR leaders

Data and surveys

Takeaways The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated staffing problems, and although some parameters have improved, challenges remain. Surgical volume took a sharp drop during the pandemic but is now rebounding. Over the years, the gap in difficulty between recruiting RNs and recruiting STs has narrowed. Last month, OR Manager looked back on…

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By Cynthia Saver, MS, RN

Unveiling ECRI’s 2024 top 10 health technology hazards list

What is the purpose of the top 10 health technology hazards list, released every year by ECRI? “Our number one goal at ECRI is to reduce preventable harm,” stresses Jason Launders, MSC, former director of operations, device evaluation, at ECRI. “We know that every healthcare provider has a lot they…

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By Tarsilla Moura

Breaking down the surgical gown: Disposable versus reusable, latest innovations

There is movement happening in the world of surgical gowns. It is driven in part by the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought new focus to the need for adequate stockpiles of personal protective equipment (PPE)—and for PPE that works as intended. Staff need to know their gowns incorporate the latest technology…

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By Brita Belli

TPG announces investment in Compass Surgical Partners to fuel growth in ASC joint ventures

San Francisco & Raleigh, North Carolina—(BUSINESS WIRE)—TPG (NASDAQ:TPG), a leading global alternative asset management firm, today announced a significant strategic investment in Compass Surgical Partners (“Compass” or the “Company”), an independent full-service ambulatory surgery center (ASC) development and management partner. TPG Growth, the firm’s middle market and growth equity platform,…

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By Tarsilla Moura

Blast from the past: Improving medication safety in the OR

The US Food and Drug Administration receives more than 100,000 medication-related reports, and some of them, according to the AORN Journal, “involve patient death.” AORN’s 2024 updated guidelines include safety updates for perioperative staff when handling, transporting, and administering medication, which can be a complex process prone to errors. In…

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By Tarsilla Moura

Henry Schein Medical introduces the Henry Schein ‘Rise’ Platform for Ambulatory Surgery Centers

MELVILLE, NY, January 3, 2024 – Henry Schein Medical, the U.S. medical business of Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), today announced the launch of Henry Schein RISE (Resources, Infection Prevention, Solutions & Support, Education) – a platform designed to provide ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) with infection prevention resources including access to third-party continuing education,…

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By Tarsilla Moura

Perioperative management: Top challenges, priorities for OR leaders in 2024, per survey

Staff recruitment and retention is the top priority of OR leaders going into 2024, according to a November/December survey conducted by LeanTaaS in collaboration with OR Manager. Out of 84 respondents (some skipped), while 76% chose staff recruitment and retention, both improving operational efficiency (65%) and sustaining volume (36%) also…

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By Tarsilla Moura

Navigating the ‘tripledemic’: Flu, RSV, and COVID-19 in the OR

The healthcare sector has begun grappling with a repeat challenge this fall and winter: the simultaneous surge of three significant respiratory diseases—flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and COVID-19 among both children and adults. When these diseases collide, they constitute what experts have termed a “tripledemic,” which poses a significant strain…

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By Tra Vu, PhD

Optimizing productivity measurement in the ASC

Takeaways Clinical hours per case is a simple, yet effective, productivity metric. Analysis of productivity measures can include benchmarking against external and internal data. A positive work culture will improve staff productivity. Productivity is a foundational concept for leaders of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). “Measuring productivity is essential to be…

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By Cynthia Saver, MS, RN

How internal staffing agencies benefit the OR suite

Takeaways Clinical hours per case is a simple, yet effective, productivity metric. Analysis of productivity measures can include benchmarking against external and internal data. A positive work culture will improve staff productivity. Many health systems rely on external, third-party agencies to deploy nurses and other staff. But when a situation…

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By Jennifer Lubell
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