July 23, 2018

How do you handle social determinants?

By: Elizabeth Wood

Social and demographic factors play a huge role in any patient’s overall health and recovery from surgery. When treating patients who lack health insurance, family support, or language/literacy skills—among many other possible disadvantages—providing safe patient care can extend well beyond clinical aspects. OR managers and their staffs may take on tasks ranging from arranging for transportation to managing ethical dilemmas.

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