November 18, 2015

Disaster planning exercises prepare ASCs to care for patients and assist communities

By: Paula DeJohn
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Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are taking a new look at the question of disaster response. Staff are not always informed about what emergencies might occur, or what they should do in response to the most likely scenarios. Likewise, many local emergency management…

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Tuesday, November 9 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE Sponsored in partnership by: MobileSmith Health Decades before COVID-19, hospitals were struggling with how to effectively meet and manage standards of patient care. While the current pandemic has clearly introduced new burdens on nurses and nurse management, in many ways, the pandemic has severely amplified old issues and combined them with a new generation of challenges. Historically, nursing has been incredibly resilient; so much so that hospital leadership has unfairly relied upon nurses to weather any storm. Are we finally at the breaking point? If so, what can be done to move us in the right direction? Register Now
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December 3, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE Managing ORs is hard, especially without access to reliable and readily available data. EHRs that are built to capture information about patients and their care do not provide the level of data visibility or reliability needed to make daily as well as strategic decisions about expensive healthcare assets such as ORs. Ensuring surgeons have optimal access, knowing exactly where and how to drive efficiency, and delivering value to surgeons, patients, and staff are constant challenges. These challenges require greater visibility into available OR time and key performance indicators. Please join us for this free webinar to learn how one health system achieved the following:
  • Transitioned away from manually compiling reports (as EHR reports were inadequate).
  • Established effective policies to drive value and efficiency.
  • Created capacity in busy ORs, providing greater access to open time.
  • Delivered transparency in a manner that positively changed surgeon practices.
Additionally, attendees will learn about proven technology for leveraging predictive and prescriptive analytics to enable organizations to break through barriers to OR value and efficiency.   Learning Objectives
  • Discuss strategies to improve OR utilization.
  • Explain the benefits of creating more open time in the OR.
  • Understand how to effectively leverage data to positively change surgeon practices.
  • Describe how new technologies can optimize OR capacity
  Webinar Leaders Jon Peterson is the Business Manager of Surgical Services for WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, NC. Jon has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, his tenure in the industry started off in corporate finance, including corporate cash management, reimbursement, corporate budgeting, and long-range financial planning. For the last ten years, his work has focused on operational financial management at the WakeMed Raleigh Campus, an urban level 1 trauma center in Raleigh, NC. His teams provide the daily clinical operations by providing scheduling, inventory, billing, and clinical informatic support needed to care for over 22,000 patients annually.   Diana Gillogly, MS, is a Product Implementation Manager of iQueue for Operating Rooms where she has led operational workflow changes and product implementations at multiple health systems. Prior to joining LeanTaaS, Diana worked in urology research and then developed and ran a healthcare outcomes and reimbursement software company. Through her work, Diana has demonstrated success working in global healthcare software development, custom design and implementation, technology integration and physician relations. Diana earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her Master of Science degree in Global Health from Northwestern University.
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Wednesday, November 11 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE

Operating rooms grapple with time lost due to late starts, lengthy turnovers, underutilized blocks, unused blocks, and more. At the same time, many surgeons are clamoring for increased access to handle more cases. In this free webinar, Surgical Directions will present how to reclaim lost and wasted time that is holding back your OR. We will discuss how waste happens, how to measure it, and, critically, how to organize for success to convert the lost time into additional cases for your facility. With over 25 years of experience working at hundreds of hospitals and ASCs, the Surgical Directions team has the expertise to discuss ways to improve your financial performance and patient experience.

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  3. Describe how to apply insights and methods for converting unused OR time into more cases.
  4. Discuss the benefits associated with reduced waste and increased case volume.

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Brian Watha, Associate Vice President is Associate Vice President at Surgical Directions. He has extensive experience in OR process improvement, business intelligence and quaternary medical center perioperative services, where he has been responsible for all end-to-end OR processes as the Principal Management Engineer. He is familiar with multiple OR IT platforms and is an expert at electronic medical record (EMR) migrations. Brian earned his Master of Health Service Administration from the University of Michigan. He completed a one-year Executive Administrative Fellowship at Health Alliance Plan, where he focused on plan configuration, strategic planning and growth. Brian continues to serve as a graduate mentor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and teaches biotech-startup coursework at the Ross School of Business Michael Besedick, Engagement Manager As an engagement manager for Surgical Directions, Michael manages analytics projects that reduce costs, drive revenue and increase ROI for healthcare clients. His specialties include analytics research, implementation and strategy. Michael’s demonstrated experience in advanced predictive analytics, data visualization and machine learning are of practical use to hospitals and hospital systems who appreciate his ability to clearly communicate complex concepts that result in confident, data-supported decisions.
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Occupational contact dermatitis, an inflammatory skin condition that occurs due to workplace exposure, can have long-term consequences, causing some healthcare workers to miss work and even change jobs. Nurses working in surgical wards and intensive care units are at the highest risk among healthcare workers. Surgical gloves are a common culprit of both irritant and allergic contact dermatitis in the healthcare setting. Glove-associated irritants include wet work, friction, air occlusion, excessive sweating, and poor hand hygiene. In addition, wearers may incur allergic contact dermatitis to chemical additives, especially accelerators that are added to speed up the manufacturing process, in both latex and synthetic gloves. This free webinar will help you understand treatment and prevention measures relative to Occupational Contact Dermatitis, including switching to gloves that have been manufactured without chemicals accelerators known to cause contact dermatitis.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the prevalence and burden of occupational contact dermatitis.
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  3. Discuss the role of chemical accelerators in gloves and their implications regarding Type IV contact dermatitis.
  4. Understand how to reduce the risk of irritant of Type IV contact dermatitis.

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Sheila Mays, MHA, BSN, RN, CASC, is Director Professional Education, US, at Molnlycke Health Care. She is responsible for professional education initiatives for the US Surgical and Wound Care franchise at Molnlycke, including continuing education, speaker program development, webinars, and management of www.connect2know and its online education portal. She leads a team of clinical specialists who support customers for their professional development needs through webinars, roadshows, and professional education activities. Before joining Molnlycke, Sheila worked in the adult and pediatric environments at both hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. Her past perioperative nursing roles and experience include Administrative Director, Nurse Manager, and Director of Nursing and a focus on infection control, quality assurance, risk management, policy development, process management, and staff education. She has received multiple nursing excellence awards for team building, clinical skills, and leadership. Sheila received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Central Florida and her Master of Health Care Administration and Management from Colorado State University. She holds the CASC (Certified Administrator of Surgery Center) certification. LuAnn Landis, BSN, RN, CNOR, is Nurse Manager of Surgical Services at St. Joseph’s Hospital North in Lutz, Florida. Her responsibilities include the daily operations of the OR, endoscopy, anesthesia, sterile processing, and the surgical scheduling departments. LuAnn works with her team to provide exceptional care to ensure patient safety and produce high-quality outcomes. She utilizes available resources to deliver cost-effective healthcare.
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