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According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2 million Americans have a prescription-related opioid use disorder, and 46 people die from a prescription opioid-related overdose every day—more than a fourfold increase since 1999. Statistics like these are in the news nearly every day, and there is…

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By: OR Manager
April 18, 2018
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‘Reality-based rules’ diffuse drama in the OR

All of the keynote presentations at the 2017 OR Manager Conference offered much food for thought, but probably the most memorable one was Cy Wakeman’s riveting talk on the impact of “drama” in the workplace. That resonated with OR leaders who struggle against the tide of negative attitudes among their…

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By: OR Manager
April 18, 2018
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ECRI Institute PSO sheds light on opioid use in acute care

OR Manager, Inc., and ECRI Institute have joined in a collaboration to bring OR Manager readers periodic articles on topics such as medical technology management and procurement, risk management, and patient safety. ECRI Institute is an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care. Opioids are the…

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By: OR Manager
April 18, 2018
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What do ‘patient first’ care models look like?

Creating a positive patient experience creates patient satisfaction, which can affect reimbursement. But it’s not just business that calls many OR leaders to focus on patient experience. Having been a patient who has had surgery, it’s near and dear to my heart,” says Carol Pehotsky, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, ACNS-BC, CPAN,…

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By: OR Manager
April 18, 2018
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Pledge makes positive culture a priority in the OR—Part 3

This article is the third in a three-part series by Joe Tye, chief executive officer and head coach, Values Coach Inc, and Bob Dent, senior vice president, chief operating and chief nursing officer at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. Part 1 was published in March (pp 19-21, 27) and…

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By: Joe Tye and Bob Dent
April 18, 2018
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Effectiveness of video vs live observation in improving OR teamwork

Editor's Note Video observation was not be as effective as evaluating live performance in promoting OR teamwork in this study. A total of 1,410 briefs were analyzed−325 live observations and 1,085 videos−and 1,398 debriefs were evaluated−166 live and 1,232 video. For briefs, there was greater compliance with live observation than…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 13, 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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