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Joint Commission revises Sentinel Event Alert on diagnostic radiation

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on February 13 announced the revision of its Sentinel Event Alert on diagnostic radiation, which was updated to also address risks associated with fluoroscopy. The original Alert, “Issue 47: Radiation risks of diagnostic imaging and fluoroscopy was published in August 2011.

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By: Judy Mathias
February 14, 2019
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Joint Commission announces new Speak Up campaign on infection prevention

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on February 6 announced its new Speak Up campaign that focuses on ways to prevent infection. The Joint Commission offers free educational resources that include: an infographic poster/flyer an animated video a guide with recommendations on how healthcare organizations can use and provide the materials…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 12, 2019
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ECRI Institute launches new web-based clinical practice guidelines repository with open access

Editor's Note ECRI Institute recently launched ECRI Guidelines Trust, a publicly available web-based repository of evidence-based national and international clinical guidelines as well as Guideline Briefs with TRUST Scorecards. The healthcare community has free access to the repository, which was created after funding cuts forced the Agency for Healthcare Research…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 11, 2019
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Automated text messages improve joint replacement outcomes

Editor's Note An automated text messaging system increased patient engagement with home-based exercise and promoted faster recovery after knee and hip replacements, this study finds. In this analysis of 159 patients (83 controls, 76 intervention) having total knee or hip replacement surgery, those receiving timely texts showed improvement in the…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 22, 2019
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Joint Commission: New blog post examines steps for developing a reporting culture

Editor's Note A new blog post featured in the Joint Commission’s "High Reliability Healthcare" examines four essential steps for developing a reporting culture and why they are important. The steps are: Establish trust: Leaders should help create personal responsibility by establishing clear performance expectations for employees in an environment where…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 17, 2019
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Surgical intern education decreases postop opioid prescribing

Editor's Note Education of surgical interns on postoperative analgesia was effective in preparing them for judicious opioid prescribing, this study finds. An education session on postoperative analgesia prescribing was presented to 31 incoming surgical interns by surgical residents. Before the education session was started, few interns felt comfortable prescribing opioids…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 14, 2019
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Follow pain management standards to ensure survey success

Postoperative pain management has always been a major focus of patient care. However, the opioid crisis is increasing the challenges healthcare leaders face because of the call for a national change in modalities of pain management. Regulatory bodies, specifically, are executing control to confront the opioid epidemic head on, making…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
January 14, 2019
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Early 'victories' forecast bright future for business awardee

Each year at the OR Business Management Conference, an outstanding leader receives the Best in OR Business Award. The 2019 award will be presented to Tracy Raymond, MHA, BHA, CRCST, CHL, perioperative services business manager at Amita Health Saint Joseph Medical Center (formerly Presence Saint Joseph), a 480-bed hospital in…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
January 14, 2019
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Funds earmarked to enable nurse-led research

The United States is amid a conversion to a value-based system of healthcare. Although this new delivery model has contributed to the closure of some hospitals and the realignment of others into larger health systems, the primacy of the OR as a source of revenue for hospitals has remained constant.…

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By: James X Stobinski, PhD, RN, CSSM (E), CNOR
January 14, 2019
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December healthcare employment highest in decades

Editor's Note US healthcare added 50,200 jobs in December to a seasonally adjusted 16,213,000, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on January 4. That is up 346,000 more employees than a year ago, and the highest since 1990. The overall unemployment rate rose by 0.2% to 3.9%.  

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By: Judy Mathias
January 7, 2019
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