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June 2018
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Study: Surgeon performance benefits from ‘warm-up’

Editor's Note In this study from the UK, researchers found a robust relationship between a surgeon’s daily OR schedule and surgical performance (indexed by duration of procedure). The researchers say surgeons should reorder their OR schedule, starting their days with the simpler cases and building up to the more difficult…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 21, 2018
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Web-based education raises patient satisfaction scores for outpatient orthopedic procedures

Editor's Note Enhanced patient satisfaction scores were seen in patients who received supplemental web-based education before having outpatient orthopedic surgical procedures in this study presented March 7 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting. A total of 177 patients were randomized to receive either routine education from the…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 16, 2018
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Float pool supplements OR staff schedule, satisfaction

A perioperative staffing schedule that meets coverage needs during high- and low-volume times and satisfies the demand for better work-life balance can be difficult to achieve. To help meet these challenges in its 50-room OR, the perioperative services department at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, designed a perioperative float…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
March 16, 2018
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ORBMC 2018 arms business leaders with best practices

San Antonio, Texas, played host to the 2018 OR Business Management Conference (ORBMC), attended by more than 400 surgical services leaders, business managers, and industry leaders from across the US. Attendees chose from a menu of topics—including strategies to increase case volume, efficiency, and data transparency, right-size the OR, and…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
March 16, 2018
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Pledge makes positive culture a priority in the OR--Part 2

One of the most misunderstood and misused management buzzwords is “empowerment.” It is a noble thought that a manager can empower an employee, but only you can empower yourself, and once you have done that, no one can take that power away from you. Trying to empower someone who looks…

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By: OR Manager
March 16, 2018
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Residency program expands ranks of experienced PACU nurses

Just as nursing schools don’t include the operating room in their curriculums, they also don’t include any instruction on the postanesthesia care unit (PACU). And like the OR, the PACU is having trouble recruiting new nurses. In September 2015, Houston Methodist Hospital began a PACU residency program to train new…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
February 22, 2018
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Bullying: From conflict to confrontation to civility in the OR--Part 3

When Carol Schneider, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPAN, became manager of a postanesthesia care unit (PACU) at Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts, she found a plethora of problems, including poor communication skills, low employee engagement scores, and bullying from surgeons and staff. “It was a very bad climate that was putting…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
February 22, 2018
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Editorial

Creating a more harmonious work environment is a struggle for some OR leaders. Tips on how to achieve this were offered during the 2017 OR Manager Conference and the 2018 OR Business Management Conference (ORBMC), and we share some of these in the March issue. A dysfunctional atmosphere in the…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
February 22, 2018
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Storytelling can make or break staff morale

Disengagement costs organizations money through lost productivity, not to mention the risk of errors that a disengaged workforce brings. Yet in August 2017, Gallup reported that only 32% of people are engaged at work. Much of disengagement can be traced to what Cy Wakeman, president and founder of Reality-Based Leadership,…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
February 22, 2018
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Pledge makes positive culture a priority in the OR--Part 1

An organization’s culture is shaped by the collective attitudes and behaviors of the people who work there, and if no one is willing to make personal changes, no program of the month is likely to have a lasting impact. To change their attitudes and behaviors, people must be made aware…

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By: OR Manager
February 22, 2018
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