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

The “How-to’s” of Implementing a Unit-Based Competency Assessment Process

After this session you’ll be able to:   Discuss the overview of a new unit-based competency model., Describe the difference between initial and ongoing competency assessment processes., Explain the advantages and disadvantages of the new model for education and competency tracking.,   Why this is important:   Safe patient care…

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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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Cross-contamination of pierced earring holes, nurses’ fingers a potential source of HAIs

Editor's Note Pierced earring holes can be a source of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) via cross-transmission of bacteria from the holes to nurses’ fingers, this study finds. For this analysis, earlobes and fingers of 200 nurses (128 with pierced ears and 72 unpierced) working at a university hospital in Japan…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 3, 2019
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Joint Commission surveys now seek evidence of performance

In the past few months, the Joint Commission has implemented a new process for accreditation surveys and changed the wording and interpretation of some standards, particularly infection control. At the 2018 OR Manager Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in September, John R. Rosing, MHA, FACHE, executive vice president and principal of…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
December 13, 2018
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

The Ten Building Blocks for an Effective Dashboard

After this session you’ll be able to: Identify Key Performance Indicators for your OR., Apply design principles in visualizing data., Discuss techniques to engage staff by providing performance feedback via dashboards., Why this is important:   We are producing an infinite amount of data in the OR, but it is…

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