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October 2018
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Hospital execs facing shortage of physicians, nurses

Editor's Note A Navigant analysis of survey data from the Healthcare Financial Management Association finds that hospital executives are facing continued shortages of physicians, nurses, and mental health providers in the coming years, and they will be focusing on labor and supply chain productivity to reduce hospital operating expenses, the…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 24, 2018
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Surgical volume outpaces growth in nursing staff

The good news/bad news for OR leaders from the 2018 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey: Surgical volume continues to increase for many hospitals, but staff turnover and recruitment difficulties remain, creating challenges in meeting that increased volume. Another ongoing challenge is reimbursement changes; more than half of respondents report bundled…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 21, 2018
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Aiming high nets 'wins' for OR Manager of the Year

High patient satisfaction scores and excellent multidisciplinary teamwork are the hallmarks of a well-managed surgical services department, and Sharon Udy-Janczuk, MSN, RN, CNOR, NE-BC, the 2018 OR Manager of the Year, has bragging rights to both. By cross-training staff in the presurgical care area, OR, and postanesthesia care unit (PACU),…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
August 21, 2018
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ASC workforce stable amid rise in cases

Surgical volume in the past year increased for 40% of respondents to the 2018 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey, down slightly from the 48% reported in 2017. This result is intriguing in light of the proliferation of procedures now being performed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Does this suggest some…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 21, 2018
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Effective interventions for postop opioid prescribing

Editor's Note Interventions at the physician or organizational level (eg, workflow changes) were found to be better tools for creating change in postoperative opioid prescribing than interventions at the patient level (eg, patient education), in this review. This analysis of eight studies published after 2000 that included 2,272 patients found…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 17, 2018
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CDC: Drug overdose mortality reaches new high

Editor's Note Preliminary data, reported August 15, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that drug overdose mortality in the US hit record high levels last year, increasing to more than 72,000 deaths. The increase in mortality was driven mainly by fatalities involving fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 17, 2018
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CDC: Naloxone use by emergency medical services up 75% in 4 years

Editor's Note Naloxone administration by emergency medical services increased 75.1% between 2012 and 2016, mirroring a 79.7% increase in fatal opioid overdoes during the same time period, according to the August 10 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Young adults made…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 13, 2018
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Environmental considerations for reusable vs disposable isolation gowns

Editor's Note Selecting reusable isolation gowns may result in significant environmental benefits compared with disposable gowns, this study finds. This analysis of 1,000 isolation gowns in a healthcare setting (24 reusable gowns from 8 suppliers, 16 disposable gowns from 5 suppliers) found that the reusable gowns resulted in a: 28%…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 8, 2018
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More older Americans are continuing to work

Editor's Note Not all older workers are counting the days until retirement, though they may cut back on hours, reports the August 1 MarketWatch. Reasons for continuing to work vary, but they are not always financial. Many seek to maintain a sense of purpose and productivity, the report says. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 8, 2018
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Hospital employment up 0.13% in July

Editor's Note US hospitals added 6,800 jobs in July to a seasonally adjusted 5,181,900, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on August 3. That is 94,800 more employees than a year ago. The overall unemployment rate fell by 0.1% in July to 3.9%.

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By: Judy Mathias
August 7, 2018
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7 Years of Wisdom: Managing Physician and Clinical Staff Relationships in the OR presented by SpecialtyCare

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