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Creating standardized process for training new surgeons in robotic surgery

Editor's Note Automated performance metrics can distinguish surgeon expertise during anastomoses and create an objective, standardized way to train new surgeons, this study finds. Researchers used a data recorder plugged into a robotic surgery system to evaluate expert and novice surgeons’ movements for 70 vesicourethral anastomoses (total of 1,745 stitches)…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 11, 2018
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Study: Physician burnout ups risk of patient safety incidents, clinical issues

Editor's Note Physician burnout was linked to a higher risk of patient safety incidents, lower patient satisfaction, and poorer care in this study. This meta-analysis of 47 studies involving more than 40,000 physicians, found that physician burnout was associated with double the odds for involvement in patient safety incidents and…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 10, 2018
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Hospital employment continues its rise in August

Editor's Note US hospitals added 8,200 jobs in August to a seasonally adjusted 5,189,300, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on September 7. That is up 94,600 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased by 301,100 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate is 3.9%.

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By: Judy Mathias
September 10, 2018
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Millennials who aren’t empowered, leave

Editor's Note Just as it was with Boomers, empowerment is a popular desire among Millennials, but organizations need to know they can’t just talk about empowerment as they did in the past, they actually have to empower Millennials, according to Steve Keating in the August 30 LeadToday.com. Millennials aren’t fooled…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 4, 2018
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Massachusetts nurse staffing regs did not reduce patient mortality, complications

Editor's Note The Massachusetts state regulation of 1:1 or 2:1 patient-to-nurse staffing ratios in intensive care units (ICUs), as guided by patient complexity scores, was not linked with either increased nurse staffing or changes in patient outcomes, this study finds. Examining records from 246 medical centers nationwide, and comparing patient…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 4, 2018
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Without a culture of clarity, employees and managers won’t succeed

Editor's Note Whether the problem is turnover, incivility, low patient scores, or managers who don’t know how to give direction, all have the same root cause−lack of a culture of clarity, the September 3 SmartBrief reports. The author gives three examples with lack of clarity at the root and how…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 4, 2018
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Dartmouth-Hitchcock CNO creates millennial nurse mentor role

Editor's Note The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at New Hampshire-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock has created a nurse mentor role to help her address the needs of younger nurses and improve retention rates, the August 24 HealthLeaders Media reports. CNO Karen Clements, MSB, BSN, RN, FACHE, learned of the concept at a meeting…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2018
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Improving patient flow from ED with electronic nursing handoff process

Editor's Note Use of a standardized, electronic nursing handoff communication process resulted in decreased boarding time in the emergency department (ED) and increased bed flow efficiency, this study finds. Before implementation of the electronic nursing handoff process, the average ready to move-to-occupied time was 83.6 minutes. This decreased to 49…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2018
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Effect of Foley catheter placement by medical students on postop CAUTIs

Editor's Note Patients who have Foley catheters placed by medical students in the OR are at increased risk of postoperative catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), this study finds. This analysis included 891 patients who had Foley catheters placed in the OR by surgical residents (547 patients), OR nurses (227), or…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 28, 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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