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Breakthroughs on wrong-site surgery

Wrong-site surgery is a stubborn problem across the country. Rhode Island Hospital in Providence has used its well-publicized experience with wrong-site surgery to dissect the process and learn how to prevent these events. The 719-bed hospital, which performs about 25,500 surgical procedures a year, has had 3 wrong-site surgeries in…

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By: Pat Patterson
August 1, 2010
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What comes next for SCIP measures?

As the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) reaches its fifth anniversary, a large new study shows mixed results for the SCIP measures. There's also discussion about what comes next. That could include action by the Joint Commission to weave hospitals' performance on SCIP core measures into the accreditation process. SCIP,…

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By: OR Manager
August 1, 2010
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Team agreement competition boost record for on-time starts

Third in a series on OR performance. With health care reform looming and the financial picture for hospitals uncertain, perioperative leaders know senior executives will look to the OR as a major source of revenue. That's likely to increase pressure to improve OR performance. Starting cases on time in the…

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By: OR Manager
August 1, 2010
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Robotics: Little data, much debate

Robotic surgical procedures *Includes cardiothoracic, general, and other urologic and gynecologic procedures. Source: ECRI Institute, 2008. Mention robotics in OR circles, and you're likely to spark a debate. Is robotic surgery an innovative technique with wide application or mainly a marketing ploy to attract patients? Or does the truth lie…

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By: Cynthia Saver, RN, MS
August 1, 2010
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Don't overlook reprocessing instructions

Like facilities around the country, you are probably considering alternatives to the Steris System 1 (SS1) for reprocessing your medical devices. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice in December 2009 stating that the SS1 as currently marketed had not been approved or cleared for its label claims,…

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By: Martha Young, MS, CSPDT
August 1, 2010
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Considering robotics? Plan for a program, not just procedures

Robotic surgery has become part of the OR landscape, partly driven by marketing, as competing hospitals purchase robots and advertise them to consumers eager for the latest technology. "It's definitely a consumer-driven health care offering," says Lynda Petty, RN, director of perioperative education, policy, and process improvement at The Ohio…

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By: OR Manager
August 1, 2010
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Data sparks on-time improvements

As with most busy ORs, we were looking to improve our efficiency. Consultants were brought in and gave recommendations, but it did not change our culture or improve our on-time starts. We had meetings with anesthesia providers, surgeons, and nurses. The results were differing opinions on the definition of an…

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By: OR Manager
August 1, 2010
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Beyond robotics: What to expect next?

A Philadelphia hospital is now using the ViKY, developed by EndoControl in France, a single-arm device that is much smaller and easier to use than the da Vinci surgical robot and doesn't require a large OR or OR team for set up, notes Diane Robertson of ECRI Institute. Another focus…

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By: OR Manager
August 1, 2010
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Meeting an ASC's financial targets

Every ambulatory surgery center (ASC) needs a financial compass to help chart its course. Is revenue per case up or down? What about expenses per case? How does the center's performance compare with national benchmarks? A financial dashboard helps leaders at Harmony Surgery Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, see trends…

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By: OR Manager
August 1, 2010
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