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June 2019

OR leaders see benefits of briefer NPO period

Though long fasting before a surgical procedure is tied to increased patient risks, the outdated guideline of NPO after midnight continues to be practiced by many healthcare organizations. In 1999, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) revised their fasting guidelines to clear liquids up to 2 hours before surgery and…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
May 17, 2019
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ECRI Institute releases ‘Top 10 Hospital C-suite Watch List’

Editor's Note The ECRI Institute on January 22 announced the released its annual “Top 10 Hospital C-suite Watch List." Among the new and emerging innovations to watch are: Acuity-adaptable rooms, where hospitals keep a patient in the same room from admission to discharge, regardless of acuity level. Insertable cardiac monitors…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 24, 2018
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Planning can relieve 'growing pains' of hospital mergers

Healthcare mergers and acquisitions are becoming as common as add-on cases in the OR, with hospitals struggling to stay profitable in a financially challenging environment. Between 2008 and 2014, the United States had nearly 400 hospital mergers and acquisitions (M&A), with more than 750 hospitals being acquired or merged. “It’s…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
January 19, 2018
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Editorial

Change is uppermost in people’s minds as a new year begins, so the time seems right to anticipate changes we’ll see in healthcare in 2016. To imagine some of what the future holds, consider two recent changes in how providers are being reimbursed: ICD-10, the vastly expanded DRG codes that…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
January 20, 2016
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Integrate systems to sustain gains from process change

Many organizations have reaped the benefits of adopting Lean concepts, such as greater workflow efficiency, staff engagement, and cost savings. After initial improvements are made, however, it can be hard to sustain the process changes over time. That was the case at Nemours A. I. duPont Hospital for Children in…

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By: OR Manager
July 22, 2015
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To change the culture, connect the dots between all caregivers

Finding ways to meet Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements is a challenge all healthcare leaders are facing, regardless of the type of facility they manage. That challenge includes shifting to a value-based payment system and helping staff and physicians adapt to the sometimes bewildering array of new rules. Kent Bottles,…

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By: OR Manager
June 16, 2014
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Perioperative services overhaul proves effort is worth the time

Getting a zero deficiency rating on a recent Joint Commission survey and bringing sterile processing in house are 2 of many improvements made at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital over the past decade. When Frances Baldwin, MBA, RN, assistant vice president of perioperative services, joined the hospital 11 years ago, Georgetown…

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By: OR Manager
March 13, 2014
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ASCs part of the new face of healthcare

With fewer new ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) forming each year and more merging back into hospitals, it has become popular to describe the industry as “mature.” It’s not yet time for an obituary, however. Improved technology, bolstered by healthcare reform, is driving a transition to outpatient treatment, and, when it…

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By: OR Manager
March 13, 2014
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First case on-time starts soar after rapid process improvement training

In 2011, fewer than half of all first cases at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, were starting on time. That meant subsequent cases were also delayed, with overtime costs exceeding $500,000 a year. “People were unhappy with that for a lot of different reasons. It was a…

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By: OR Manager
February 1, 2014
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Nurses speak up on new ORs design

OR managers have many opportunities to improve the lives of their patients. They meet with staff to review scheduling policies and infection prevention procedures. They may sit on committees to help select new supplies and equipment. The physical work environment, however, is usually a given. The operating room may have…

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By: Paula Dejohn
May 1, 2011
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