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Long-term opioid use in family members linked to persistent postop use in adolescents, young adults

Editor's Note Long-term opioid use among family members was associated with persistent postoperative opioid use in opioid-naïve adolescents and young adults and should be screened for preoperatively, this study finds. Of 346,251 opioid-naïve patients aged 13 to 21 years having common surgical and dental procedures, persistent opioid use occurred in…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 4, 2019
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Physician well-being and burnout improving, but increased burnout risk remains

Editor's Note Though physician burnout and satisfaction with work-life integration are improving, physicians remain at high risk for burnout, compared to workers in other fields, this study finds. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic, Stanford University, and the American Medical Association surveyed 30,456 US physicians in more than 20 specialties; 5,197…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 26, 2019
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Effect of ‘grit’ on success and well-being of nurse leaders

Editor's Note The personality quality termed “grit” was associated with longevity as a leader, higher educational attainment, and reduced burnout in nurse leaders in this study. A survey of nurse leaders across the US measuring grit (ie, courage and resolve, strength of character) and well-being found that grit was significantly…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 21, 2019
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Joint Commission seeking comments on proposed EP for office-based surgery practices using fluoroscopy

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on February 20 announced that it is seeking comments on a proposed element of performance (EP) for office-based surgery practices that provide fluoroscopy services. The new requirement−Environment of Care (EC) standard EC.02.02.01−addresses the monitoring of radiation exposure badges. The deadline for comments is March 29.

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By: Judy Mathias
February 21, 2019
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New nurses working long shifts, overtime

Editor's Note New nurses are predominantly working 12-hour shifts and nearly half work overtime each week, trends that have remained relatively the same over the past 10 years, this study finds. Analyzing surveys from more than 4,500 newly licensed nurses in 13 states and Washington, DC, researchers from New York…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 20, 2019
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The Power of Innovative Block Scheduling and Management

After this session you’ll be able to: Explain the pitfalls of most block programs in use today., Identify the relationship between block allocation, surgeon demand, and staffing., Implement new techniques that result in higher utilization., Why this is important: Blocks are one of the most difficult and controversial tasks in…

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Hospital employment up in January

Editor's Note US hospitals added 18,800 jobs in January to a seasonally adjusted 5,214,200, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on February 1. That’s up 112,100 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 367,800 in the past year. The overall unemployment rose by 0.1% in January…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 20, 2019
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Surgical transfer unit allows patients to bypass ED

There are few things more disheartening for patients than having to board in the emergency department (ED) for long periods while waiting for a bed. ED boarding can also delay treatment and adds to overcrowding and backups. Erlanger Health System, based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, decided to tackle this problem head…

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By: Catherine Spader, RN
February 20, 2019
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Prioritizing patient safety unites and empowers OR team--Part 1

Communication breakdowns in the perioperative environment are a factor in 70% of events that adversely affect patients. Sometimes those breakdowns occur because OR staff are reluctant to voice their concerns in an environment that is hierarchical and intimidating. However, when an organization adopts patient safety first (PSF) initiatives, adverse outcomes…

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By: Iris Llewellyn
February 20, 2019
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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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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Closing Keynote: Defend Civility in Your OR: How to Spot and Deal with Energy Suckers

After this session you’ll be able to: Define how energy suckers affect morale, retention of quality staff, and the safety of patients., Explain the process of "feedforward" to produce personal change., Implement policies and strategies to make your organization "bully-free.", Why this is important: A creative and positive work culture…

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