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April 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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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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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Where We Are Today: Nurses Supporting Nurses

After this session you’ll be able to: Recognize signs of emotional and physical stress in your team., Identify a strategy for eliminating stigma and developing a peer support program in your surgical suite., Explain the positive impact of compassion and empathy following a critical incident.,   Why this is important:…

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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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Incidence of workplace bullying among nurse managers

Editor's Note Nurse managers are recipients of workplace bullying, coming from executive nurse leaders, clinical nurses, and their management peers, this study finds. In this survey of nurse managers across the US, 35% said they had been a target of workplace bullying with severity levels ranging from occasional to severe.…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 5, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Keynote: Run Your Emotions, Don’t Let Them Run You: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

After this session you’ll be able to: Explain insights into your emotional intelligence (EI) strengths and development opportunities., Discuss how to leverage your EI to maximize your leadership effectiveness, manage stress, and prevent burnout., Identify strategies to help your staff develop and use their EI.,   Why this is important:…

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