Periop Nursing

Latest Issue of OR Manager
June 2019
Home Periop Nursing

'Coming clean' in the SPD requires collaboration and competency--Part 2

Contaminated surgical instruments pose a danger to patients and to an organization’s bottom line. In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discussed prevention strategies (OR Manager, April 2019, 14-15, 19). In Part 2, the focus is on investigating potential contamination, along with design considerations.   Detective work Despite best…

Read More

By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
April 22, 2019
Share

FDA continues efforts to assess duodenoscope contamination risk

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on April 12 announced that it is taking steps to implement additional regulatory actions, including consulting with federal health experts, on how to reduce the risks of contamination and infections linked to duodenoscopes. The agency is also collaborating with manufacturers of disposable…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
April 18, 2019
Share

Operative volume is essential quality indicator for performing emergent general surgery in elderly

Editor's Note In this study, survival rates for geriatric patients were significantly improved when emergency general surgery procedures were performed at hospitals with higher operative volumes. Of 41,860 surgical procedures evaluated at 200 hospitals, mortality decreased as hospital emergency operative volume increased. For every standardized increase in volume, reduction in…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
April 18, 2019
Share

Joint Commission: Quick Safety addresses drug diversion

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on April 17 that the April issue of Quick Safety focuses on drug diversion and examines patterns and trends that could indicate drug diversion. It also offers safety actions organizations can take and describes how to take the mistakes other hospitals have made and…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
April 18, 2019
Share

David Wyatt is AORN’s new president-elect

Editor's Note Congratulations to the newly elected AORN officers for 2019-2020: President-elect: David A. Wyatt, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR Treasurer: Vangie Dennis, BSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO Board of Directors: Nakeisha M. Archer, MBA, RN, NE-BC, CNOR, CSSM; Vicki J. Barnett, MSN, RN, CNOR; William Duffy, MJ, RN, CNOR, FAAN; Brenda…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
April 11, 2019
Share

New care pathway reduces delirium, readmissions for frail elderly trauma patients

Editor's Note A new interdisciplinary care protocol for frail elderly trauma patients significantly decreased delirium and 30-day readmission risk in this study. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, compared the care of 125 patients who were treated before the pathway was implemented with 144 patients after the pathway was…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
April 11, 2019
Share

FDA to require label changes on how to safely decrease opioids in physically dependent patients

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on April 9 issued a Drug Safety Announcement saying it has received reports of serious harm in patients who are physically dependent on opioid pain medications and suddenly have them discontinued or rapidly decreased. Because of these reports, the FDA is requiring…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
April 11, 2019
Share

Cultural, generational factors influencing RN retention

Editor's Note Generational and cultural differences may affect an RN’s job satisfaction and intent to stay, and nurse leaders must reassess staff satisfaction beyond mandatory annual staff engagement surveys, this study finds. An online survey of 309 RNs at a tertiary care hospital in south Texas found that: Millennials anticipate…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
April 3, 2019
Share

Low-value procedures associated with hospital-acquired complications

Editor's Note Patients admitted to the hospital for procedures that would not be expected to require admission (ie, low-value procedures) are being harmed, consuming additional hospital resources, and delaying care for patients for whom the services would be appropriate, this Australian study finds. In this analysis of 9,330 episodes of…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
April 2, 2019
Share

Factors linked to, lessons learned from reduced mortality during military conflicts

Editor's Note The increased use of tourniquets, blood transfusions, and reduced time to surgical treatment (ie, within 1 hour) were the main factors that reduced mortality 44.2% during military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, this study finds. From October 2001 through December 2017, survival increase three-fold among the most critically…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
April 1, 2019
Share
OR Manager Jobs
Upcoming Webinars
Live chat by BoldChat