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Effect of PPE doffing errors on healthcare worker self-contamination

Editor's Note The risk of hand contamination was higher when healthcare workers (HCWs) removed their gloves before their gowns during personal protective equipment (PPE) doffing, and HCWs who made multiple PPE doffing errors were more likely to have contaminated clothes after patient interactions, this study finds. In this analysis of…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 20, 2019
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ORBMC gets business leaders off to a strong start in 2019

San Diego in January is a place where many people would rather be, and the 475 healthcare business and industry leaders who gathered there for the 2019 OR Business Management Conference (ORBMC) enjoyed the mild climate along with high-quality presentations and fun networking events. Conference attendance rises each year, yet…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 15, 2019
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Savvy leaders know how to 'read' themselves and their staffs

Managing the OR is similar to playing a game of poker. To win, a player must be able to read the others around the table, and to succeed, managers must be able to read their staff members and colleagues. Most importantly, they all must know the rules and when it’s…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
March 15, 2019
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Editorial

Attendees at the annual OR Manager Conference have enjoyed the opportunity to ask experienced OR leaders questions about difficult managerial and clinical issues. The popularity of these “Ask Me Anything” sessions reflects the hunger for knowledge about how things are handled in ORs around the country, and they will be…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 15, 2019
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'Coming clean' in the SPD requires collaboration and competency--Part 1

Contaminated surgical instruments made ECRI Institute’s 2019 annual top 10 list of health technology hazards, coming in at number five: “Mishandling flexible endoscopes after disinfection can lead to patient infections.” Number two on the list in 2018 was “Endoscope reprocessing failures continue to expose patients to infection risk.” It’s not…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
March 15, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

A Blessing or a Curse? Social Media and Online Collaboration Best Practices and Compliance

After this session you’ll be able to: Identify the social media trends in the healthcare space today., Define best practices to follow to remain compliant with HIPAA and privacy laws., Explain laws and regulations to keep in mind when online., Why this is important: While healthcare providers are often reluctant…

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Prioritizing patient safety unites and empowers OR team--Part 2

Several never events at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) in Aurora, Colorado, over a 1-year period prompted leaders there to launch patient safety first (PSF) initiatives. Part 1 of this series discussed how these initiatives were identified and implemented, and the importance of evidence-based communication tools (OR Manager, March…

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By: Iris Llewellyn
March 15, 2019
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Protective garments get makeover in new cleaning protocol

Surgical site infections are multifactorial, and perioperative leaders often struggle with how to reduce or eliminate them. In 2013, after an unexplained increase in surgical site infections (SSIs) among patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty at our facility, we began to investigate the cause. A fairly robust ERAS (enhanced recovery after…

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By: Rhonda L. Anders
March 15, 2019
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Hospital employment up again in February

Editor's Note US hospitals added 4,200 jobs in February to a seasonally adjusted 5,212,700, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on March 8. That’s up 103,200 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 361,100 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate declined by 0.2% in…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 13, 2019
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Levels of innovativeness in nurse executives, managers, clinical directors

Editor's Note Understanding the levels and components of innovativeness can help nurse leaders affect change in themselves and their organizations, this study concludes. A total of 137 nurse leaders in executive and management positions were surveyed on their levels of innovativeness using the Scales for Measurement of Innovativeness. Of 137…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 7, 2019
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Failure to debrief after anesthesia critical events tied to communication breakdowns

Editor's Note Failure to debrief after critical events is common in anesthesia trainees and teams, and communication breakdowns are associated with the failure to debrief, this study finds. Over a 1-year period at a large academic medical center, anesthesiology residents and some attending anesthesiologists were audited and/or interviewed about the…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 7, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Be a Bridge Builder: Close the Knowledge Gap of Who You Report To

After this session you’ll be able to: Develop a collaborative relationship with your direct report., Explain how transparency is not just lip service., Provide data to equip your director to make sound decisions for your PACU., Why this is important: Do you ever find yourself thinking: “I wish my OR…

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