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The inaugural Bundled Payment Bootcamp on June 20 in Nashville, Tennessee, was a timely opportunity for healthcare providers to learn how reimbursement is changing the way they do business. Though the uncertain direction of US healthcare legislation continues to cause consternation, this workshop—which will be presented again in fall 2017—clarifies…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 13, 2017
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Conference closer reveals keys to engaging staff

Anyone who heard Vicki Hess, MS, RN, CSP, speak at the annual OR Manager Conference in 2013 probably remembers her lively, compelling message in the closing keynote presentation. Her interactive “Time Out!” talk left attendees with renewed energy and a take-home tool—a simple five-step “SHIFT” checklist to help OR managers…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 13, 2017
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Novice OR nurses fill pipeline through effective education programs

Leaders seeking competent staff for the OR are increasingly training their own. These internal programs, typically targeted toward both new graduates and nurses without previous OR experience, require planning, organization, and follow-through. “You need to integrate the didactic with the clinical setting,” says Ellen Lord, MS, RN, CNOR, a perioperative…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
July 13, 2017
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Reducing robotic OR turnover times with a pit stop model

Editor's Note Concepts from motor racing pit stops, including role definition, task allocation, task sequencing, and a visual cue for ease-of-use, created efficient and sustainable approaches for decreasing robotic OR turnover times in this study. Average turnover time was 99.2 minutes before introducing the pit stop model and 53.2 minutes…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 11, 2017
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New guidelines published on enhanced recovery after colon, rectal surgery

Editor's Note The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons have jointly published new clinical practice guidelines on enhanced recovery after colon and rectal surgery. The enhanced recovery protocol is multidisciplinary, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and dietitians and involves all aspects of care…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 10, 2017
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Influence of nurse leaders on professional practice environment

Editor's Note Nurse leaders are integral in enhancing professional practice environments, and their influence links structures necessary for an environment that supports outcomes, this study finds. In this analysis of 30 nurse leaders and 169 clinical nurses at a 247-bed acute care Magnet hospital, leaders perceived their influence from “often”…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 6, 2017
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Joint Commission: Quick Safety on daily safety briefings

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 28 posted a Quick Safety on daily safety briefings--a hallmark of high reliability organizations. Safety briefings--also called safety huddles, daily check-ins, or daily safety calls--are used to give keep frontline staff and leadership informed. The briefings can be used to: share issues that…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 29, 2017
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Avoiding blood wastage in the OR can improve bottom line

Keeping a close eye on implants that are opened and not used is one way OR leaders can track practices that add significantly to costs. But what about blood products? Blood taken to the OR and not used also can be costly. Although an individual unit of blood doesn't compare…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 20, 2017
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New instrument shows promise as low-cost alternative to robot

Researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M), Ann Arbor, have invented a new surgical instrument with the goal of addressing a vast, unmet need in minimally invasive surgery. For less than a thousand dollars, this platform technology—currently being commercialized by the start-up FlexDex Surgical—offers capabilities similar to those of the…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
June 20, 2017
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Customer service can make or break a patient's experience

Healthcare providers and their patients have benefited from practices borrowed from other industries—for example, the checklists and time-outs used in aviation or the Lean management principles used in manufacturing. Applying lessons learned in the entertainment industry to the hospital setting may seem like a stretch, but Dennis Snow will explore…

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By: Paula DeJohn
June 20, 2017
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